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Money questions for new Hanford facility

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - State officials support the idea of a proposed new facility that would allow Hanford's vitrification plant to start treating some radioactive waste at the country's most contaminated nuclear site sooner, but worry about how the federal government will pay for the facility.
    
The Tri-City Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/1FBDPUM ) the proposed Low-Activity Waste Pretreatment System - LAWPS - would prepare some low-activity waste now held in underground tanks to be treated at the vitrification plant. The waste could then bypass the plant's Pretreatment Facility, where construction has been halted until technical issues are solved.
    
Suzanne Dahl is the manager of the state Department of Ecology's tank waste treatment section. She says Washington officials want to make sure the money for the project won't come at the expense of other Hanford projects.

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