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October 01, 2009

senator murray Hanford funding

Thursday MORNING


       Float down the mighty Columbia River long enough, and you’ll come to one of the world’s most polluted places. The cleanup of Hanford, one time plutonium enrichment site and current nuclear waste dump, has already cost billions of dollars.

       But this year it will get an extra infusion of federal cash, thanks to Senator Patty Murray. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner reports:


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“I’m Isaac Kaplan-Woolner


The cleanup of Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a staggeringly expensive and complicated project. Hanford is considered one of the most nuclear and toxic waste polluted sites in the world.

            So it is considered a big win that Senator Patty Murray was able to secure an extra $87 million dollars for Hanford cleanup in the final version of President Obama’s yearly spending bill. I spoke with Senator Murray by phone as she returned from a Conference Committee meeting on the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water appropriations bill:


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            The Conference Committee version of the spending bill is now expected to pass through both chambers of Congress and be signed by president Obama. The slice of the pie slated for Hanford cleanup in 2010 is $2,095,732,000, which is $87 million more than the President’s Budget Request.



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