The Obama Administration requested just under $2.1 billion for environmental cleanup at the Hanford site in 2015 in a hearing Tuesday morning.
RICHLAND, WA - The Obama Administration requested just under $2.1 billion for environmental cleanup at the Hanford site in 2015 in a hearing Tuesday morning.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is concerned about the Obama administration's proposed budget.
"The cleanup work at Hanford is one of Washington state's most important environmental priorities," says Murray. "So despite real budget restraints, it is critical for the federal government to provide the necessary resources to meet its obligations and keep cleanup work on schedule. I will be asking the Administration to explain how they reached these proposed funding levels, and whether this proposal will allow the federal government to meet its legal obligations to fund ongoing cleanup work at Hanford."
The proposed budget includes $848 million for work assigned to the Department of Energy's Hanford Richland Operations Office. There is also $1.2 billion for the DOE's Office of River Protection. Hanford's vitrification plant construction project would receive $690 million, and the nuclear waste tank farms would receive $545 million.
Congressman Doc Hastings also has concerns over the proposed budget. "At a time when the Administration is proposing an increase for DOE overall, it's difficult to understand why funding for meeting the federal government's existing legal cleanup obligations is cut significantly in this request," says Hastings.
"Any way you slice it, cleanup would undoubtedly be impacted by a cut of this magnitude to the Richland Operations Office. Today is just the beginning of the process and in the weeks and months ahead, I will work to secure appropriate funding for the Richland Operations Office and the Office of River Protection. And, I will help eliminate funding proposed by the Administration to continue it's illegal shutdown of Yucca Mountain and implement its latest plan to circumvent the law."