The contractor that runs the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository is being denied millions of dollars in performance bonuses and fees in financial fallout from a radiation leak.
Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project Plant near Carlsbad because of the February leak.
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The Energy Department said in documents released Tuesday it is paying Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC just $21,576 of the $8 million of potential performance incentives for the past fiscal year.
The partnership manages the plant under a contract that pays more than $140 million annually.
The leak occurred when a container packed with radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured in an underground storage area and forced the plant's indefinite closure.