RICHLAND, WA – On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee joined Washington State Department of Ecology Director Laura Watson and Ecology Nuclear Waste Program Manager David Bowen for a tour of Hanford.
The state of Washington and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, oversee the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup of the Hanford Site, which created more than two-thirds of the nation’s plutonium stockpile and left behind the most contaminated nuclear site in America.
Current federal budget proposals underfund the cleanup effort by hundreds of millions of dollars. The underfunding will result in further delays to cleanup efforts and risk additional leaking of waste to the Columbia River and surrounding communities and Tribes. Inslee and Ecology are urging the federal government to fully fund the cleanup of Hanford.