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Proposed cuts to Hanford funding unacceptable

Congress needs to fully fund cleanup of the nuclear waste at Hanford. It’s a federal responsibility. Union Bulletin, Editorial Board  24 Mar 19, 

    • The radioactive waste stored in leaking underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are an environmental disaster waiting to happen. That’s something nobody wants to think about.

But, unfortunately, many of those with the power to get this nuclear mess cleaned up are among those who continue to ignore this reality.

The Trump administration is proposing cutting Hanford Nuclear Reservation spending for fiscal year 2020 by $416 million, the Tri-City Herald reported last week. The annual budget would drop from about $2.5 billion this fiscal year to $2.1 billion next year under the budget request submitted to Congress by the administration, according to the Herald……

Walla Walla is less  than 70 miles away from the nuclear reservation where 56 million gallons of radioactive nuclear waste are stored in tanks: Efforts to remove the deadly waste are important. In addition, 67 of the tanks — some with confirmed leaks — are buried relatively close to the Columbia River.

But this isn’t merely a local or regional concern, it’s a national one. Cleaning up this radioactive nuclear waste is a federal responsibility. ….. http://www.union-bulletin.com/opinion/editorials/proposed-cuts-to-hanford-funding-unacceptable/article_5c16da48-4cc9-11e9-9bc8-a35c25381b02.html

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March 25, 2019 - Posted by | general

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