KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington Senator Patty Murray (D) is worried underfunding at Hanford could soon lead to large layoffs.
Murray says she'll quiz key Department of Energy leaders in a meeting Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
The Senator plans to discuss why funding has fallen short each of the last five years.
She says lawmakers unfamiliar with Hanford are often those to blame for cuts.
"It's a very large item in the budget, pretty easy for people to target for their own special projects and we always have to defend it," the Senator said.
The Energy Department says congress's funding of Hanford cleanup will fall about $8 billion short over the next ten years.
DOE says that could put more key cleanup deadlines and projects in jeopardy.