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Controversial Hanford cleanup plan needs more hearings, say U.S. senators

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More public hearings are needed on a proposal that could lead to some radioactive waste being left at the bottom of Hanford’s underground tanks, say Washington state’s U.S. senators.

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., made the request in a letter sent Thursday to the Department of Energy.

DOE responded in a statement Thursday that it is committed to an open, transparent process and will consider a technical review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and public comments before making a decision.

Federal energy officials are proposing that the remaining waste in the 16 tanks in the Hanford nuclear reservation’s C Tank Farm be classified as “waste incidental to reprocessing,” which would allow the tanks to be filled with concrete-like grout and permanently closed.

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Annette Cary – Tri-City Herald – September 6, 2018.

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