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TRIDEC Sends Letter to State Sharing Concerns for Hanford Cleanup Priorities

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The Tri-City Development Council sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson Monday, expressing concerns about the state's priorities at Hanford. The Tri-City Development Council sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson Monday, expressing concerns about the state's priorities at Hanford.
KENNEWICK, WA - The Tri-City Development Council sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson Monday, expressing concerns about the state's priorities at Hanford. 

TRIDEC says they want the state to take a broader approach to cleanup and not focus mostly on the Waste Treatment Plant and tank farms.

TRIDEC points out the tank farm is over ten miles away from the river and several facilities along the river corridor are around  just 200 to 500 yards from the river. 

The council says cleanup along the river corridor is a more immediate risk and should be a priority for the state and federal government.

"We have facilities that are presenting a more immediate threat to the environment than the tank farm or the WTP," said Carl Adrian, TRIDEC President.

The TRIDEC letter says work at WTP and the tank farms is important, but not more important than other work. 

TRIDEC says, radioactive waste in the K-Basin, just 500 yards from the river, is one example of how river corridor work is a more immediate risk than the tank farms and shouldn't be overlooked.

A 2015 proposed budget cut of nearly $100 million could set back this work.

TRIDEC says, if they maintain funding the K-Basin could be cleaned up within two years.

"By September of 2015, over 70% of the Hanford site will be cleaned up. So to reduce momentum by cutting the budget at this point in time, I think is a grave mistake," Adrian said.

The letter also says, if the state and DOE end up in court over the consent decree, a legal agreement including project deadlines, it would only hurt cleanup progress.

"Legal battle will result in a delay in cleanup. It will give some members of Congress the excuse not to fund cleanup and I think there will always be this opportunity to say, well lets wait and see what the court says," Adrian said.

Governor Inslee's office said Tuesday, they don't plan to overlook river corridor cleanup.The governor's office also told us the governor and attorney general don't want to take legal action against the DOE, but they need to hold the DOE accountable for cleanup deadline agreements.

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