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Top decision makers at Hanford site want to hear from the public

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The US Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington State Department of Ecology held "State of Hanford" event to discuss the 2013 Budget and clean up priorities.

The workshop was all day at the Red Lion Inn in Richland and open to the public.

Topics of discussion included completing Hanford's cleanup mission which will take several more decades, and the resources that will be needed to do so.

The process will also require a continued open dialogue between decision-makers at Hanford and Hanford stakeholders.

The open house meeting begins at 6om, with an information session, including information booths.    It will be followed by a special showing of the Hanford Story movie  at 6:45.

The three agencies will begin briefings at 7 pm along with an exercise where we ask people to identify their priorities for Hanford cleanup.

This year, the DOE Richland Operations Office as well as the Office of River Protection are asking the President and Congress for a almost $3 billion dollars in funds to achieve their goals.

A top priority is achieving the Columbia River clean up by the year 2015 and reducing the Hanford site to a 75 square mile area.