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    Ralph Ford-Schmid, an environmental scientist with the New Mexico Environment Department, checks a water and sediment sampler near the then-planned Buckman Direct Diversion Project. Water and sediment can be analyzed to see if pollution from Los Alamos National Laboratory has washed into the river. New Mexican file photo

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:45 pm | Updated: 5:18 pm, Thu Nov 13, 2014.

Underground radioactive waste and groundwater contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the legacy of decades of nuclear weapons research at the lab — will not be cleaned up by a 2015 deadline, the head of the state Environment Department said Friday.

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said the lab must meet a June 30 deadline, as part of an agreement between the state and the federal government, to remove the last shipments of low-level radioactive waste stored above ground on LANL property.

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