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Department of Energy Officials Discuss Cleanup at Hanford

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PASCO, Wash. - With the national spotlight on the Hanford site recently, a Tri-Cities Regional Chamber Luncheon based on the Hanford cleanup was especially timely Wednesday.

The managers of the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection spoke to business and community leaders.  

They talked about progress made so far, current challenges, and possible use of some of the land in the future.

"I think it's a new era for Hanford as we complete the cleanup especially on the Columbia River, and returning access back to the public to allow them to do some recreational activities like bike riding or hiking," said Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office Manager, Matt McCormick.

The latest issue making headlines is a double-shell waste tank that may be leaking into the ground.  DOE Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith said there may be new information by the end of the week.