SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's attorney general said the U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Bob Ferguson said his office was informed by the Energy Department on Tuesday that they are at substantial risk of failing to meet three deadlines in the 2010 Hanford Cleanup Consent Decree.
Ferguson said that means all deadlines established for the construction of Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant between now and 2022 appear to be at risk.
Ferguson said in a statement he was disappointed by the news:
“Today’s news is yet another setback in the federal government’s ability to meet its court-ordered obligations to Washington State as laid out in the consent decree. Our office will continue to work diligently to provide our state clients with every legal option available to protect the health and safety of Washington residents.”
Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and now is the nation's most polluted nuclear site.