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Frequently asked questions: Washington State’s lawsuit to enforce federal cleanup at Hanford (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
08-01-041December 2008
VIEW NOW This publication is historical. It is unavailable on our website. To request a copy, please use the contact listed below.
Author(s) David Workman
Description The Energy Department is obligated under both the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) and federal and state environmental statutes to empty the nuclear and toxic waste storage tanks and treat the waste from the tanks.
We’ve asked the federal court to establish and enforce specific deadlines for emptying 142 single-shell tanks and for treating the 53 million gallons of hazardous and radioactive waste in all 177 underground tanks.
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Keywords Columbia River Basin, tanks, nuclear waste, groundwater contamination, contaminated groundwater