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New agreement reached on Hanford cleanup deadlines

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington state and federal officials have agreed on new cleanup deadlines for the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, Hanford.

The agreement sets new deadlines for emptying underground waste tanks and for building a waste treatment plant. The state sued the Energy Department last November over missed cleanup deadlines.

The announcement was made during Energy Secretary Steven Chu's first visit to Hanford. Joining him on a tour of the site were Governor Chris Gregoire and Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

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