The state sued the Energy Department in 2008 for missing deadlines to empty leak-prone tanks of underground waste and complete construction of a massive was treatment plant. The lawsuit was settled in 2010 with new deadlines. The fine was for missing one of those deadlines.
It's the first deadline missed under the settlement agreement.
John Price of the Washington Department of Ecology told The Tri-City Herald for a story Friday that the amount isn't large, but it emphasizes the state's expectation that the agency honor its commitments.
The Energy Department announced last month that it would delay a new cost and schedule for the plant until technical problems can be resolved.
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