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Sequester Budget Cuts Could Affect Closure of Leaking Hanford Tanks

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Federal government employees say the sequester budget cuts may disrupt the efforts to close the radioactive waste tanks currently leaking at Hanford.

The Department of Energy says it will have to eliminate $92 million in funding for the Office of River Protection, which will result in furloughs or layoffs for about 2,800 contract workers.  

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman says the layoffs and furloughs may curtail progress related to closing the tanks.

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