Govs Brown And Inslee Write White House For More Hanford Recovery Money

May 19, 2017

Oregon and Washington’s governors have sent a joint letter to President Trump, calling for more funds to be approved for cleaning up the Hanford site. 

Hanford Site sign.
Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia

The president’s budget outlined in March did contain an increase in energy department funds for cleanup of U.S. nuclear waste sites. But Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee want more resources for the Office of River Protection and the Richland operations office.

Oregon Governor Brown says the recent collapse of a tunnel at the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant has made this a serious issue.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, at a Cottage Grove event on May 19, 2017.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

“We feel strongly that the federal government must step up and ensure the safety of the people of Oregon and the people of Washington for the Hanford cleanup," she tells KLCC.  

"Last week’s accident certainly raised the stakes.  And we need additional resources now.” 

President Trump is expected to release a more detailed budget proposal next week. 

Copyright 2017, KLCC.