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DOE Holds Open House on Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

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Pasco, Wash. - The Department of Energy is looking for public comment about their proposed plans to build a natural gas pipeline out to the Waste Treatment Plant on the Hanford site.

The 30-mile pipeline would start near the Pasco airport, go under the Columbia River, and then out to the 200 area.

DOE held an open house on the project Thursday night at the Pasco Red Lion.  DOE believes that using natural gas to fuel the plant, instead of diesel, could provide significant savings.

"Over the last couple years, the Department of Energy has become very serious about considering natural gas.  There are a lot of cost benefits, a lot of potential cost savings, greenhouse gas emissions, those sort of things.  We've become very serious about it over the last couple of years," said Karen Flynn, Assistant Manager for Mission Support, for the Department of Energy.

DOE will continue to take public comments on the proposal until February 22nd.  If you'd like to make a comment on the proposal, you can send an email to

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