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Biden Administration Reconsiders Hanford Cleanup Funding, Proposing Increases

OLYMPIA – On Wednesday, the White House released an amended funding proposal for cleaning up radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear site. The administration not only reversed course on a proposed $172 million funding cut, they also proposed increased spending by more than $18 million in the next fiscal year. 

The announcement follows the governor’s visit last week to the Hanford and a recent hearing where Sen. Patty Murray pressed the Energy secretary on the need for more funding.

In a statement, Inslee thanked Washington’s congressional delegation for their advocacy, especially Murray, as well as the Hanford workforce and the Tri-Cities community.

“By taking this action, the president has signaled an end to the cycle of presidential administrations cutting Hanford funding and placing the burden on Congress and Washington state,” Inslee said. “Last week, when I visited Hanford, I saw the opportunity for great progress at the Hanford site – because I also saw that we have an enormous amount of work to do. I am heartened by the commitment I saw in the Tri-Cities to work together to get this cleanup on track, including through significant additional funding from the federal government. Today shows these communities’ voices are being heard in Washington, D.C.”