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OMB Says Hanford Can Meet Clean Up Deadlines Despite Cuts

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Sylvia Mathews Burell, director of Office of Management and Budget, says much of the propose  cuts at  Hanford come from clean up programs that are completed. Sylvia Mathews Burell, director of Office of Management and Budget, says much of the propose cuts at Hanford come from clean up programs that are completed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration says Hanford can still meet its clean up deadlines despite proposed cuts.

During a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator from Washington state Patty Murray confronted the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Murray, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, asked OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burell if the federal government would be able to meet its legal obligations if it cuts $100 million from Hanford's budget in the 2015 fiscal year.

"The legal commitments are something that are very important and the Administration takes very seriously and has put forward a budget that we believe enables us to do that," Burell says. "With regard to the cuts that are occurring—a number of those programs are for pieces of work that have been completed.  Having said that, the Administration is committed to making the progress we need in Hanford and the other areas that are funded there to do the cleanup we need to do and work on that.  That's a commitment the Administration has made and we will continue to work towards."

Murray is calling on the administration to put together a long-term comprehensive plan for Hanford cleanup and other defense environmental cleanup sites around the country.

Burell told the committee, "I look forward to doing that." 

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