Work at Hanford takes the lead here when it comes to the Department of Energy, but the state's politicians want more federal attention from DOE on the massive cleanup issue.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Work at Hanford takes the lead here when it comes to the Department of Energy, but the state's politicians want more federal attention from DOE on the massive cleanup issue.
At Tuesday's senate hearing, Senator Maria Cantwell pressed for more informed leadership.
Unfortunately not much happened when it came to Hanford. Senator Cantwell wanted informed answers, but didn't get them when she questioned a nominee for assistant secretary of energy.
During the hearing, Cantwell asked Dr. Monica Regalbuto if she became assistant secretary what she would do in response to the health concerns raised over recent chemical vapor exposure at Hanford's tank farms.
"What will you do as secretary to increase the worker safety at tank farms and what will you do to make sure workers who suffer radioactive exposure have their medical claims addressed?" said Cantwell.
Dr. Monica Regalbuto was unable to answer Cantwell's questions.
"If confirmed, I do not know the very specifics right now of the situation, but if confirmed, I look forward to fully adresaddressing issue and work will you and your staff regarding this issue," said Regalbuto.
Regalbuto told Cantwell she shares her concern for worker safety.
NBC Right Now will continue to follow this nomination process and bring you the latest.