State criticizes Hanford plans

Hanford cleanup plans could put more trucks with radioactive material on local highways.

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An Oregon Department of Energy official has spoken out against plans proposed by the federal government to clean up the Hanford, Wash. nuclear facility.

The state says the plans could lead to more trucks carrying radioactive waste on local highways.

Today, Hanford has 177 storage tanks holding 53 million gallons of nuclear waste. The U.S. Energy Department estimates that it will take 20 to 25 years to clean up that waste.

The newest proposals are in response to a lawsuit filed by Washington state in 2003 in response to leaking storage tanks. The federal agency, in a settlement agreement in 2006, promised to come up with a cleanup plan.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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