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Washington state accuses U.S. of missing Hanford cleanup deadlines
Washington state accuses U.S. of missing Hanford cleanup deadlines

Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz demanding that eight new double-shelled storage tanks be built to hold waste that is in leaky underground tanks with single steel walls. A state attorney said the eight tanks would cost $640 million, based on federal estimates. The aging tanks contain plutonium, cesium and other toxic material, the byproduct of decades of...

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