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DOE Will Conduct Study on Environmental Impact of Hanford Cleanup

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy is working with the Commerce and Interior Departments to study damage to natural resources caused by Hanford cleanup.

The study is called a Natural Resource Damage assessment.

"We will build on our extensive environmental monitoring program, which has produced thousands of ecological and environmental studies over more than 60 years, to assess whether there have been any effects on natural resources from Hanford releases," said Keith Klein, manager of DOE's Richland Operations Office.

They will try to fill in gaps in current data and further identify contamination sites, and figure out whether those areas affect resources.

DOE says the study won't cost taxpayers anything extra.

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