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Oregon Senator Seeks Investigation into Hanford Tank Leaks

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The new chairman of a key Senate committee is seeking a federal investigation after news broke last week that six single-shell tanks are leaking at Hanford.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Wyden sent a letter Tuesday to the Government Accountability Office asking them to investigate when the Energy Department and its cleanup contractors knew about the leaks and whether they reported them appropriately.

"They're problems that have to be solved, and right now the Department of Energy can not say what changes are needed, when they will be completed or what they will cost. That is not acceptable," said Senator Wyden during his tour of the Hanford site last week.

Wyden says he also wants an examination of the maintenance and monitoring programs for the tanks that contain radioactive waste left from nuclear weapons production.

Governor Jay Inslee says possible solutions to the leaking tanks will be released sometime this week.