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."
- August 2012: Gregoire, McKenna urge USDOE to adhere to Hanford cleanup timelines
- October 2010: Court approves agreement on new commitments for Hanford tank waste cleanup
- August 2009: McKenna joins Energy Secretary, Governors in Announcing New Hanford Agreement