Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to New Mexico

Posted at: 03/06/2013 1:28 PM
By: The Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico.

The Department of Energy announced its preferred plan Wednesday, saying it will provide the department an option to deal with leaking tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The waste would ultimately be disposed at a massive repository near Carlsbad.

The transfer would only account for a fraction of the roughly 50 million gallons of waste currently at Hanford but would impact some 20 tanks. Federal officials have identified six leaking tanks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the proposal is a good start in the process of getting rid of Hanford's waste. 

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