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Attorney General Says Hanford Faces Additional Delays

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RICHLAND, WA. - The Washington State Attorney General says the U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays to Hanford cleanup.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the Energy Department told his office on Tuesday that the federal government is at a substantial risk of failing to meet three deadlines in the 2010 Hanford Cleanup Consent Decree.

Ferguson says that means all deadlines established for the construction of Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant between now and 2022 could also be delayed.

"I am disappointed to learn that the federal government is now at serious risk of not meeting its legal deadlines on the critical clean-up milestones at Hanford. Today's news is yet another setback in the federal government's ability to meet its court-ordered obligations to Washington State as laid out in the consent decree. Our office will continue to work diligently to provide our state clients with every legal option available to protect the health and safety of Washington residents."

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and now is the nation's most polluted nuclear site.