Murray proposes billions in federal funds for nuclear site cleanup

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The DOE proposal calls for $6 billion to be spent to significantly reduce the size of large contaminated sites such as Hanford and finish cleanup at smaller sites. The proposal also calls for DOE cleanup sites to be developed into energy parks.

“To make progress … we need to put in enough funds to reduce the size of the sites,” Murray said Tuesday during a Senate Budget Committee confirmation hearing for Peter Orszag, nominated for director of the Office of Management and Budget.

DOE is paying significant amounts of overhead costs for areas waiting for nuclear and chemical contamination left from World War II and Cold War nuclear production to be cleaned up, she said. Those overhead costs have been estimated at more than $1 billion a year.


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