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The State Says No to an Extension for the Department of Energy

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The state said they will not extend the deadline for the Department of Energy when it comes to working on Hanford. The state said they will not extend the deadline for the Department of Energy when it comes to working on Hanford.
RICHLAND, WA- September 5th was the deadline for the Department of Energy to fix the leaking tanks at Hanford.

The tanks were not fixed. This issue is just one of many that has been going on with the Tri-Party Agreement.  The state kept giving Department of Energy extensions to fix the problems.  The state is done with giving them more time.

Chief of Staff for D.O.E.'s Office of River Protection Erik Olds sent out a statement that said, "The department of energy's office of river protection (ORP) is engaged in ongoing discussions with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). ORP will continue to work with Ecology on the path forward for this tank, and is committed to safely managing the tank farms to protect the workers, public and the environment."

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent out a statement that said the state would not extend the September 5th deadline to clean up Hanford.  The state has already extended that deadline twice since March.

The state has 30 days to file a motion unless an agreement is reached with the D.O.E. concerning the Hanford cleanup.
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