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Senator will ‘bird-dog’ DOE on Hanford

Hanford siteWASHINGTON, D.C. –  When yet another double-walled tank of radioactive sludge began leaking at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, one state lawmaker from Washington called for the attorneys general of both his state and Oregon to launch criminal investigations into the U.S. Department of Energy. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), meanwhile, has called for a special task force be appointed to serve as a watch dog for Hanford. He tells KUMA News that his way is better than a criminal probe.

“The inquiry that I’ve asked for is the way to go,” he said. “I used to chair the (Senate) Energy and Natural Resources Committee, so I know a little bit about these games that get played.”

Wyden doesn’t like the DOE being left to its own devices when so much has already gone so wrong during the cleanup process.

“I just don’t think the Department of Energy or the contractors ought to be left to make these decisions all by themselves,” he said. “So I’m going to really bird dog this and push the department and its contractors to not just cover this thing up again.”

Wyden issued his call for the independent panel in a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

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