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Energy czar to visit Umatilla

Ricky Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit the region today and tomorrow. His first stop will be McNary Dam.

He will tour the lock and dam as the guest of U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR). Nothing has been done to improve the generating efficiency of the dam since the project was completed in 1957. Planning on upgrades is going on now.

Perry will also be accompanied by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA). Tuesday will be spent in the Evergreen State.

Perry will visit the Pacific National Northwest Laboratories in Richland and then stop off at the Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Facility as well. That’s where emergency responders learn how to work in crises that involve nuclear waste.

Perry will end the day at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. There he will visit the Plutonium Finishing Plant and the PUREX tunnels. Earlier this year, wood supports in one of those tunnels collapsed and had to be filled in with dirt to avoid the release of radioactive materials.

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