WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin will pay $5 million to settle alleged violations of a hazardous waste storage law, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
A government lawsuit alleges that Lockheed Martin violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by failing to identify and report hazardous waste produced and stored at its Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Ky., and failing to properly handle and dispose of the waste. The government also alleged that the failures resulted in false claims for payment under Lockheed Martin's contracts with the Department of Energy.
The 3,500-acre plant was used for uranium enrichment operations until 2013, among other processes, and was responsible for environmental restoration, waste management and custodial care. A Department of Justice statement Tuesday said the federal government is working with other contractors to remediate contamination at and near the site.
Lockheed Martin will pay $4 million to resolve the government's allegations, and two Lockheed Martin subsidiaries will pay $500,000 each in civil penalties