- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The Hanford nuclear reservation should get adequate funding for its cleanup activities in the next fiscal year.

That’s the opinion of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, who expects to enter negotiations with his Senate colleagues soon on the funding bill that includes the Department of Energy.

The Idaho Republican is chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy, which has jurisdiction over Hanford. He visited the Tri-Cities this week.

The Tri-City Herald reports that Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and now is engaged in a massive cleanup effort that costs some $2 billion per year.

Simpson says Hanford cleanup is important because if radioactive material ends up in the Columbia River, “we can kiss nuclear power goodbye.”

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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