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Public Responds to Oregon Sen. Wyden's Hanford Statements

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KENNEWICK, WA-- Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says documents obtained by his office show construction flaws in double-shelled tanks at Hanford.

Senator Wyden's call to action for the Department of Energy to share more with the public about construction flaws in the double-shelled tanks is stirring up opinions.

Wyden said in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, "The citizens living along banks of the Columbia River deserve to know the full story of what is happening with the Hanford tanks."

But some people think more politicians getting involved in cleanup isn't helpful. And others want more information released.

"Get the government out of it. Let the people here, the engineers and the local people, who I believe are honest and hard workers, take car of the problem," says Dick Cheney, who disagrees with more politicians getting involved.

"That's for people's safety and I think we should know more about what's going on out there so we're aware," said Chad Hogue, who supports more transparency.

Wyden asked the DOE to respond with a plan of action for the flawed tanks within 45 days.