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Court approves new Hanford cleanup schedule

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. District Court in Spokane has approved a new schedule for cleaning up toxic waste in underground tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.

Watchdog groups have complained that the new schedule delays cleanup the Hanford nuclear reservation for too long. But federal and state officials said the consent decree imposes a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for ridding the tanks of waste.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says the agreement shows that America will keep its promises to clean up the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons development at Hanford. The site was created in the 1940s as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb and is the most polluted nuclear site in the country.