Proposal to cut funding for Hanford cleaning site

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “The Hanford budget proposal is inadequate and shortsighted,” stated Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Making plans to cut the cleanup budget for defense sites nationwide. In a 2017 proposed budget from the Obama Administration, they’re calling for a decrease to money spent, for locations like Hanford.

A site we are all familiar with and you can see here. It’s been an ongoing process for years to get the Nuclear Waste site cleared out and cleansed.

I reached out to Washington Senator Patty Murray about the proposed cut; in a recorded statement she says the proposal doesn’t cut it and the federal government can’t chop this without meeting their job.

“This will be an uphill climb; it is so critical that the government keeps its eye on the ball to do what is right for our region. It is so important the federal government meets its clean up milestone for Hanford,” explained Murray.

Here are numbers from Murray’s office.

A $289 million cut from 2016. With a proposed amount of$ 636 million for Richland Operations which is responsible for a lot of cleanup work.

The U.S. Department of Energy passed along the office of Environmental Management budget Rollout Presentation of 2017 to me. On page 5 it describes what they will do with an $800 million budget for Richland Operations, which is $166 million more than the numbers given from Murray.

Brett Vandenheuval Columbia Riverkeeper group has been following this budget cut proposal too, he says, “Budget cuts at Hanford is taking us in the wrong direction. These are very significant cuts to the budget at Hanford cleanup. They are cuts in important places where we NEED to complete the cleanup.”

Senator Murray plans to question the DOE officials at a scheduled hearing next month on how the Administration’s proposed budget for 2017 will allow the federal government to meet their cleanup needs at Hanford.

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