Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Feb 15 2013

OLYMPIA--Earlier today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson learned the U.S. Dept. of Energy has identified a leak in one of the single-shelled radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, releasing between one-half to one full gallon of liquid per day.

"Today's new information underscores the vital importance of a continued commitment by the federal government to clean up Hanford as soon as possible," said Ferguson. "I have met with my legal team and asked them to develop new legal options to enforce the U.S. Department of Energy's current obligations to clean up Hanford. We must ensure that Washington communities and our environment are protected."