OLYMPIA…Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the following statement regarding his meeting this morning with Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and Governor Jay Inslee regarding progress on Hanford cleanup.
“The Attorney General’s Office has a long-standing commitment to the people of Washington to hold the federal government legally accountable for environmental cleanup at Hanford.
I appreciate Secretary Moniz and his team personally visiting Washington state to discuss the challenges the federal government is facing in meeting its legal obligations. We had a candid conversation regarding our state’s expectations for ensuring the safety of the people of our region. We made it clear last month we were expecting a comprehensive plan for a path forward and I was disappointed with the scope of the federal government’s approach.
My legal team and I will be reviewing the information we received today and continuing our work to provide all available legal options to our clients, the Governor and the Dept. of Ecology, to enforce the obligations set forth in our 2010 consent decree and the Tri-Party Agreement requiring the Dept. of Energy to clean up the Hanford site.”
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• Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications
• Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Communications Director