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Department of Energy will Likely Miss Another Tank Waste Deadline

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DOE says it will miss another Hanford tank waste deadline DOE says it will miss another Hanford tank waste deadline
 HANFORD, WA - The U.S. Department of Energy has notified state officials that a third Hanford nuclear waste tank will likely not be emptied by the Sept. 30 deadline.

Under a 2010 court order, DOE is supposed to have 16 tanks in the C Tank Farm emptied by Sept. 30.

The consent decree set deadlines for emptying waste from one group of Hanford's 149 leak-prone single-walled tanks into sturdier double-shell tanks. The decree also set deadlines for building  the Hanford vitrification plant to treat the waste for disposal.

DOE has also notified the state that all remaining deadlines for the vitrification plant are at risk.



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