Sequester Causes Problems for Toxic Waste Cleanup

Friday, March 01, 2013

Toxic waste cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

An announcement by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee this week has nuclear energy watchdogs concerned: Six underground radioactive waste tanks at Washington’s Hanford Nuclear reservation are leaking. The tanks hold highly radioactive waste, produced over decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

The government spends billions of dollars annually on cleanup efforts at the site.  

And now questions over whether the looming sequester will hamper clean up efforts have risen as the cuts in government spending are scheduled to go into effect across the country after today.

Anna King, Richland correspondent for the Northwest News Network, has toured the Hanford plant and says answers on how the government will handle the situation remain uncertain.

Anna King/Northwest News Network

Cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

Anna King/Northwest News Network

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

Anna King/Northwest News Network

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.


Anna King

Comments [1]

Linda Horstmyer from HObe Sound Florida

Cuts! What a croc. Cuts are just a sad deliberate diversion from any real solutions. Real solutions can be found in closer monitoring of existing budgets. Old, but good example: $5000 hammers and $3000 tylenol pills. Wake up people! Cuts are a red herring to the real problem!

Mar. 01 2013 09:56 AM

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