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Tri Party Agreement Agency Asks for Input on Proposed Hanford Cleanup Deadline Changes

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Previous contract agreements say different cleanup projects should be done anywhere 2016 and 2024, these changes would push some of those dates all the way up to 2026. Previous contract agreements say different cleanup projects should be done anywhere 2016 and 2024, these changes would push some of those dates all the way up to 2026.

RICHLAND, WA- Tri-Party Agreement Agencies are meeting with the public about possible changes to Hanford's cleanup agreement.

The Richland Red Lion Hanford House hosted the public meeting Thursday night to explain why they want to extend a lot of cleanup deadlines. TPA says it is because priorities have been with the River Corridor area and because of that, it has pushed back difficult cleanup on the Central Plateau. The Central Plateau includes about 75 square miles of both liquid and solid waste.

Now, the second big question comes into play, the cost. The Department of Energy has to request a budget to finish milestones any year. The estimated budget sits around one billion dollars a year for the next several years, and they claim it should drop dramatically after that. 

Previous contract agreements say different cleanup projects should be done anywhere 2016 and 2024, these changes would push some of those dates all the way up to 2026. 

If you want to read more about the proposed changes, click here. If you would like to send a public comment before December 11th, 2015, click here.

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