U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the WA State Dept. of Ecology Talk at Hanford Budget Meeting
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The Washington State Department of Ecology as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has nine projects they want included in the next fiscal year's budget.
RICHLAND, WA - The Washington State Department of Ecology as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has nine projects they want included in the next fiscal year's budget.
Their top priority involves moving 1,900 capsules filled with radioactive material out of a deteriorating storage pool and into dry storage.
They are also asking for funds for groundwater pumping and treatment as well as funds to finish cleanup along the Columbia River shoreline as soon as possible.
But Ecology and EPA understand they are probably not going to get all they are asking for.
"3.6 million dollars are what the requirements are, that's probably not realistic, we're not going to get that, we we're going to need to prioritize, " said Dave Einan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
John Price, representing the Washington State Department of Ecology said it will take an joint effort to make progress with the current budget.
"We're looking at a short fall of about 1.5 million dollars so that's pretty significant and again Ecology has a simple message, which is we want DOE to ensure full compliance funding," said Price.
Jim Millbauer, a Hanford worker, attended the meeting looking to learn more about the work him and his co-workers have ahead of them.
"I don't feel good about the 2015 budget, I think with the workload they want to get done and the cleanup mission we have, more budget ought to be released in order to accomplish those tasks," he said.