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Hastings Adds $22 Million for Nuclear Waste Cleanup to House Bill

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Washington, D.C. – The Hanford site could see a boost in funding next year, thanks in part to U.S. Representative Doc Hastings.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives today approved an amendment authored by  Hastings that adds $22.5 million for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Management program.  The amendment is aimed at boosting funds for the Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site next year.

While speaking on the House floor, Hastings said that his amendment would "restore a portion of the reduction for the Environmental Management (EM) program that would so greatly impact the Richland Operations Office, and help enable cleanup to move forward safely, efficiently and in a timely manner."

Hastings' increase for the nuclear waste cleanup is offset by reducing funds within a DOE Administration account that largely funds Washington, D.C. bureaucracy and by maintaining funds for weatherization assistance at the Fiscal Year 2013 level.

 The amendment was considered as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  The House of Representatives is expected to continue consideration of this bill tomorrow.