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TRIDEC Responds to Critical Washington Post Article

KENNEWICK, Wash.- The Tri-Cities Development Council responded to a scathing Washington Post article on Hanford cleanup by sending a letter to the newspaper.

The Post article made it seem like the area was happy that Hanford cleanup was going slower than expected.

TRIDEC said the article made it seem like this community wants cleanup to go slowly so that it can continue to reap the economic benefits.

They said the article claims that federal dollars for Hanford cleanup are the only thing holding the area up.

In a letter to the newspaper, TRIDEC admitted the area has benefited greatly from the Department of Energy's presence, but is not at all dependent on that money.

"It made us seem like we were just sitting back fat and happy getting all these federal dollars here. Which is really I think a misstatement of what's going on in this community," said Deanna Smith, a TRIDEC Spokesperson.

"The federal presence here is really not much different than it is and does in other communities where you'll have a NASA or Department of Defense, or the Department of Homeland Security."

She said the creation of the Tri-Party Agreement and its milestones is solid evidence that the community wants the area cleaned up.