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Gov. Inslee to File Motion Regarding Hanford Cleanup

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OLYMPIA, WA - Gov. Jay Inslee says that the state will file a motion in federal court in its ongoing dispute with the U.S. Department of Energy over cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.


Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Friday they will ask a federal judge to amend a 2010 agreement with the Energy Department. Under that initial consent decree, the department was given deadlines to build a plant to treat Hanford's most dangerous radioactive wastes, and to retrieve wastes contained in single-walled tanks. Since 2011, the Energy Department has repeatedly told the state it cannot meet those deadlines.


Inslee and Ferguson are asking the court for new requirements for retrieving and treating Hanford's tank waste and constructing new double-shelled tanks.


Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and the wastes are left over from that work.