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Hanford Consent Decree Negotiation Period Ends with No Resolution Yet, Hanford Advisory Board Meets

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Washington state and the Department of Energy continue to negotiate over Hanford cleanup deadlines and Wednesday, the Hanford Advisory Board discussed the latest on cleanup efforts and priorities. Washington state and the Department of Energy continue to negotiate over Hanford cleanup deadlines and Wednesday, the Hanford Advisory Board discussed the latest on cleanup efforts and priorities.
RICHLAND, WA - Washington state and the Department of Energy continue to negotiate over Hanford cleanup deadlines and Wednesday, the Hanford Advisory Board discussed the latest on cleanup efforts and priorities.

The board talked about the continuing priorities of River Corridor and Plutonium Finishing Plant cleanup, the 34 workers that have reported chemical vapors at the tank farms since March and a phased approached proposal for the Waste Treatment Plant.

"This cleanup is not a sprint. This is a long haul run. It takes people that are willing to pay attention and to learn about things and to provide opinions," said Susan Leckband
Wednesday night the DOE Office of River Protection said they cannot define specific dates for several cleanup activities so they shared a series of future milestones they've created.

These uncertain deadlines have the state worried about cleanup progress.

Wednesday marked the end of a 40 day negotiation period for the state and DOE to consider changes to the Hanford consent decree, a cleanup deadline agreement.

There was no major decision or action taken Wednesday.

The DOE gave us this statement about the 40 day negotiation period ending Wednesday.

"The Department of Energy has engaged in good faith discussions with the state of Washington about the proposals to amend the consent decree. DOE believes the discussions to date have been constructive and is hopeful that such discussions can continue."
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