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Hanford Waste Initiative Revived

Cathy Duchamp
07/13/2006

Donít take no for an answer. Thatís Washington Stateís approach in its fight to implement a voter approved initiative over nuclear waste shipments to Hanford. Corrrespondent Cathy Duchamp explains.

TRANSCRIPT

INITIATIVE 2-97 PASSED BY A NEARLY 70-PERCENT MARGIN. IT BARS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM ACCEPTING MORE RADIOACTIVE WASTE AT HANFORD UNTIL THE WASTE ALREADY THERE IS CLEANED UP. BUT LAST MONTH A FEDERAL JUDGE IN YAKIMA RULED THE INITIATIVE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ATTORNEYS FOR WASHINGTON DISAGREE. SO THEY'RE TAKING THE CASE TO THE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. STATE ATTORNEY ANDY FITZ SAYS THERE ARE MAJOR ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED.

Fitz: "There are issues on federal versus state authority, issues related to national priorities in waste management."

NO COURT DATE HAS BEEN SET. GERRY POLLET SPONSORED I-297. HE SAYS THE STATE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO PUT THE WILL OF THE VOTERS INTO ACTION.

Pollet: "A million gallons of high level nuclear mixed waste have leaked from tanks at Hanford and is spreading to the Columbia River and we must require that it be cleaned up."

TOTAL CLEAN UP COSTS COULD TOP 60-BILLION DOLLARS. I'M CATHY DUCHAMP REPORTING.

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