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State of the Hanford Site Meeting

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Hanford employees and members of the public met in Kennewick Thursday night to find out about the state of the Hanford site.

They talked about all the nuclear waste brought out of the K-West and K-East Basins and how that waste is now safely being stored away from the Columbia River.

They also talked about the 11 billion liters of groundwater that had been treated and the new technologies being used to reduce groundwater contamination.

But officials also said that new challenges await in the coming years.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Nick Ceto says, "The budget is increasingly becoming an issue. If you've heard me talk before, you've heard. The clean-up pace is now being controlled by the budget and that's more true now than in the past."

Ceto says the budget that the Department of Energy has reserved for Hanford over the next couple years is too low. He says it's up to people to talk to their legislators and let them know that work at Hanford is still not finished.

Thursday night was the second of four meetings being held across Washington and Oregon to talk about Hanford.