Environment & Energy Report

Washington State Fines Feds $1 Million Over Cleanup Data (1)

Jan. 6, 2020, 9:05 PMUpdated: Jan. 6, 2020, 9:50 PM

The Washington Department of Ecology levied a $1.1 million fine against the U.S. Department of Energy Jan. 6, alleging the federal government was failing to give the state needed information to regulate the cleanup of a shuttered nuclear weapons complex.

The 580-square-mile Hanford Nuclear Reservation produced plutonium in the high desert of eastern Washington. It’s now riven with radioactive hot zones and chemical contamination that are undergoing an extensive Energy Department cleanup under the terms of a 1989 legal agreement.

Plumes of pollution are seeping from some of the 177 aging underground storage tanks containing 56 million gallons of mixed...

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