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Governor Tours Hanford Reach

RICHLAND, Wash. - Governor Christine Gregoire paid a visit to the Tri-Cities Friday. For the first time the Governor toured the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Governor Gregoire said we have a duty to preserve the beauty of the Hanford Reach.

She said she can do a better job if she witnesses it for herself. It's beautiful landscape right in our own backyard, but beyond the picturesque backdrop of the bluffs the Governor sees an economic opportunity.

She said she believes the country should flock to Washington State see our natural beauty.

"I've talked to the Primier of British Columbia. I've talked with the Governors of Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. I think we can worldwide say we are a state for tourism," said Gregoire.    

The governor said tourists can go see major cities, but people interested in touring nature - our state is second to none. She said the Hanford Reach is a perfect example of that.

She said our state cannot afford to contaminate that area with nuclear waste.