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Washington Nuclear-Waste Site Faces $171 Million in Cuts

More than 4,700 workers at the Hanford reservation in Washington state where six tanks are leaking radioactive waste are facing furloughs or layoffs under $171 million in U.S. budget cuts, the Energy Department said.

While the department remains committed to cleaning up the site, which holds waste from the production of nuclear weapons, “this decreased funding and the resulting contractor employment actions may curtail our progress,” the department said today in a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee.