Officials Seek More Info On Hanford Cleanup Plan

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Government regulators and watchdog groups say they want more information about a new Department of Energy proposal to speed cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site.

The agency on Tuesday released a report saying that starting treatment of some of Hanford’s radioactive waste without sending it to the troubled vitrification plant’s Pretreatment Facility could speed work.

Both U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee say they need more information about the proposal. Murray says the report is not the comprehensive plan she wanted.

Hanford, located near the Tri-Cities, is the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site. There are 56 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in underground tanks, at least one of which is leaking into the ground.

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