RICHLAND, Wash. - An announcement Friday confirms there are at least six single shell tanks on the Hanford site that are leaking. Some potential budget cuts could pose a problem for this issue.
Sequestration, the U.S. government's plan to reduce the nation's debt by a series of federal budget cuts is set to take effect next Friday.
Hanford would be hit hard by those cuts which would slow down the cleanup. Governor Jay Inslee said putting Hanford workers on furlough at the same time that additional leakers have been discovered is "totally unacceptable."
He said he is extremely concerned and that it's a terrible irony.
"I explored with the secretary, options to ameliorate that impact of sequestration on the site but frankly he advised me there are none and quite frankly, that's most regrettable," Inslee said.
Inslee said options to deal with these six leaking tanks are being discussed and they're looking for the quickest solution possible. He said more details on that should be released sometime next week.