December 17, 1999

New Mexico: Santa Fe -- Attorney General Patricia Madrid is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Energy Department challenging new state regulations for radioactive waste storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. The plan calls for Westinghouse, the main contractor for WIPP, to provide $100 million in financial assurances that the state will not get stuck with the bill when the site is closed.