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Rattlesnake Mountain tours canceled

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The Oct. 9th tours of the Rattlesnake Mountain unit of the Hanford Reach National Monument have been canceled.

The Department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife says they were canceled after Monument officials determined the plan did not meet the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act as it relates to Rattlesnake Mountain and public access. The Preservation Act is intended to ensure that cultural and historic sites are protected.

The opportunity for self-guided tours of open areas of the Hanford Reach National Monument on October 9 is still available. For more information visit: http://www.fws.gov/hanfordreach.

Also, members of the Tri-Party Agreement hope to finalize changes made about a year ago by asking a Federal Court for approval.

The U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology say the new cleanup schedule would impose an enforceable, and achievable timeline for cleaning up waste from Hanford's underground tanks.

The tanks hold millions of gallons of radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.