RICHLAND, Wash. - The federal government says it is at serious risk of missing two cleanup deadlines at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.
Energy Department spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler says the department continues to work with cleanup contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to try to mitigate the factors that led to the potential delays.
She said Friday the department notified Washington and Oregon out of an abundance of caution.
The federal government created the Hanford site in the 1940s as part of the top-secret project to build the atomic bomb. Today, it is the nation's most contaminated site, with cleanup governed under a legally-binding consent decree.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to release more information later Friday.