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Murray Slams Feds over Hanford Budget

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Senator Patty Murray slammed the Bush administration Wednesday over continued funding shortfalls at Hanford.

She says the cuts could soon lead to layoffs.

Senator Murray claims the federal government has shortchanged Hanford cleanup each of the last five years and put her foot down across the table from two key Energy Department leaders.

Murray had strong words for Energy Department Environmental Management Secretary James Rispoli in an open doors hearing.  

Murray wants to know why, she says, the bush administration continues to shortchange cleanup by as much as $8 billion a year over the next decade.  

Last month, she fought to return about $500 million to the nation's environmental management budget but says if the administration continues to make cuts, key projects at the Hanford site will fall behind schedule and layoff will be eminent.  

She says it is the federal government's responsibility to clean up the mess they made during the cold war.