IDAHO FALLS (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Energy says looming federal budget cuts could curtail waste cleanup projects ongoing at an Idaho research facility and other sites across the country.
In a letter earlier sent to congressional lawmakers earlier this month, Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined several scenarios for cleanup projects should the $85 billion in automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect March 1.
Chu says funding reductions would put numerous environmental compliance milestones at risk.
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/ZLbfLF ) the ongoing cleanup at the Idaho National Laboratory could be among those impacted by the reductions.
The cleanup at the eastern Idaho lab is coordinated by CH2M-WG Idaho LLC. Company spokesman Eric Simpson says it's too early to speculate on fallout from the March 1 deadline.