Sen. Murray Hopes New Leadership Brings Change To Hanford

May 30, 2013

Washington Senator Patty Murray says she’s looking for some change at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with new leadership at the top. A new manager is taking over at a key contracting company that handles the leaking radioactive tank farms. And the Department of Energy has a new secretary, Ernest Moniz.

Murray toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Thursday to get briefings on the massive waste treatment plant being built and the ongoing cleanup of radioactive waste.

“We have a new secretary of Energy right now and it’s very clear to me that he’s on the ground running and working to put that plan together, both in the short term and the long term,” she says.

Murray is pushing to maintain federal funding for the nuclear site, despite controversies over its troubled waste treatment plant and leaking tanks of waste leftover from plutonium production during WWII and the Cold War.

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