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State considering removing a portion of Hanford site from list of hazardous sites


RICHLAND, Washington — For the first time, the state of Washington is proposing to remove a portion of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation from its list of hazardous sites.

The portion is called the Hanford 1100 Area and covers 1.2 square miles.

Cleanup on the 1100 Area was among the earliest done and was completed under the federal Superfund program in 1996. The Tri-City Herald reports the cleanup included battery acid, paints and antifreeze, plus underground tanks holding antifreeze, gasoline and oil.

Now the state is considering removing the 1100 Area from its statewide list of hundreds of hazardous sites.

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation's largest collection of nuclear waste.

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

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