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Newhouse Extends Invitation to Incoming Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Tour Hanford Site

“The Hanford site is the largest defense nuclear cleanup site in the country and is one of 17 such sites being remediated under DOE’s Environmental Management (EM) program. As you begin your tenure as our next Secretary of Energy I would like to personally invite you to tour the Hanford site, which will provide you with a unique understanding of the challenges facing Hanford and the importance of ensuring the site has the adequate support and resources necessary to complete its cleanup mission. The federal government, and DOE more specifically, is responsible for the cleanup of radioactive and nuclear waste at Hanford, which is critical to the Tri-Cities community, the State of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest region.”

 Rep. Newhouse continued in the letter:

 “While many activities of the federal government are not legally required, cleanup of our nation’s defense nuclear waste is not optional – the federal government has a legal and moral obligation to ensure the cleanup mission at the Hanford site is completed. To do so requires strong support from the Administration, DOE, and Congress, which is why one of my top priorities since taking office has been to ensure Hanford has the resources necessary to move cleanup forward safely, efficiently, and in a timely manner, as part of the overarching goal of preparing the Mid-Columbia region for a bright post-cleanup future.”

“Nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford has a significant impact on the 4th Congressional District, the State of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest.  Ensuring a path forward at Hanford that enables the federal government’s existing legal cleanup commitments to be kept, builds upon success that has been achieved, avoids cleanup delays that will ultimately cost the taxpayers more, and makes the cleanup program a priority is critical to our region and to the nation.”

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