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Washington state utility’s nuclear waste shipments suspended

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

This July 11, 2016 file photo shows buildings on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility's authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
This July 11, 2016 file photo shows buildings on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility's authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility’s authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment.

The Tri-City Herald reports in a story on Friday that the Washington Department of Health took the action late last month against Energy Northwest.

State officials say the utility on July 20 sent a mislabeled shipment of radioactive waste to the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.

Energy Northwest spokesman Mike Paoli says the mislabeling was minor and did not endanger public health or safety.

Paoli says the state health department acted correctly, but the shipment itself was properly packaged and accepted for storage at the Hanford site.

He says the no-shipping order means material will be stored at the Columbia Generating Station while officials review shipping procedures.

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