March 05, 2010
Under the sands of Eastern Washington sits hundreds of millions of gallons of
toxic and nuclear waste, remnants of the Cold War that could last for millions of years. The massive cleanup of
the Hanford Nuclear Reservation continues slowly.
But this radioactive material may not have the final
resting place it was once promised.
The Obama administration recently announced that the proposed Yucca
Mountain national nuclear waste repository in Nevada is off the table. It is no longer being considered viable as
a solution to radioactive waste and a blue ribbon panel is researching an alternative.
announcement has Washington Senator Patty Murray up in arms, worried that Hanford’s waste may have no where
Senator Murray took Energy Secretary Steven Chu to task in testimony yesterday, calling the Yucca
decision irresponsible. Murray asked Chu to explain the decision not to move forward with Yucca Mountain to
communities living around Hanford and its nuclear waste:
Senator Murray believes Yucca Mountain needs
to move forward and in 2002 voted to pass a resolution in the Senate approving Yucca Mountain as a national
nuclear waste repository.
Senator Murray also pressed Secretary Chu on providing clear, consistent, and
sufficient budgets for Hanford clean-up.