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State Extends Nuclear Cleanup Deadline


The state has granted officials at the Hanford nuclear reservation four more months to clean up part of the site around the N Reactor, which made plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Because more contamination was found in the N Basin’s radioactive pools, the state granted an extension on its Tri-Party Agreement deadline to deactivate the area. The state Department of Ecology moved the deadline from April 1 to July 31.

“We think it’s doable, and we can make that mark,” said Mike Hughes of Bechtel Hanford Inc.

The company is in charge of deactivating the 100N Area, which includes the N Reactor and 90 to 100 auxiliary buildings and facilities.

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