Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Oct 8 2013

 Evaluating response options

 SEATTLE - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) informed the Washington State Attorney General’s Office that the federal government is at substantial risk of failing to meet three more milestones ordered by the court in the 2010 Hanford Cleanup Consent Decree.

With today's notice, all deadlines set in the Consent Decree for the construction and operation of Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) between now and 2022 appear to be at risk.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement on the issue:

 “I am disappointed to learn that the federal government is now at serious risk of not meeting its legal deadlines on the critical clean-up milestones at Hanford. Today’s news is yet another setback in the federal government’s ability to meet its court-ordered obligations to Washington State as laid out in the consent decree. Our office will continue to work diligently to provide our state clients with every legal option available to protect the health and safety of Washington residents.”


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications
Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Communications Director