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Cleanup Plan Done for Summer Waste Spill

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy is done planning how they'll clean up the Hanford waste spill that's halted tank farm cleanup since July.

The Department of Ecology says it's definitely a step in that direction, but the Energy Department says there's no timeline for when they'll get back to full work, or even when cleanup will start.  

The Energy Department conducted a rare Type-A investigation into the incident to identify problems that caused the spill.

Now, Energy officials say they're done designing their plan to clean up the spill so they can get back to work.

Ecology is happy with the progress.

"Really this is the biggest hurdle to getting going again with retrievals and, once this is finished we can get started up, retrievals going again, then we'll be on the right track," said Eric Van Mason with the Washington Department of Ecology. 

Ecology fined the Energy Department about $500,000 for the spill.  

The area of the spill was covered with a spray just after it happened to stop contamination from spreading or getting into the environment.  

An earlier investigation also concluded that no one was injured or sickened by the spill.