Murray concerned about Hanford budget

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is concerned about the Obama administration's proposed budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The administration on Tuesday requested just under $2.1 billion for environmental cleanup in fiscal 2015.

Murray in a press release wondered if the Department of Energy can satisfy its legal Hanford cleanup commitments at that funding level.

The proposed budget includes $848 million for work assigned to the Department of Energy's Hanford Richland Operations Office. There is also $1.2 billion for the DOE's Office of River Protection.

Hanford's vitrification plant construction project would receive $690 million, and the nuclear waste tank farms would receive $545 million.

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