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|Date:||5 Mar 2003 17:50:29 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] DOE Statement on Washington State Suit|
_From the DOE Press Room: DOE Statement on Washington State Suit WASHINGTON, DC --Responding to Washington State's decision to sue the Department of Energy in an attempt to halt shipments of transuranic waste to the Hanford site, the Department s Assistant Secretary of Environmental Management Jessie Roberson released the following statement: "We are extremely disappointed and believe it is very unfortunate that the State has decided to go to court in an attempt to halt the work of the Department of Energy to cleanup the legacy of the Cold War. Efforts spent in court would be better spent making progress on the cleanup of the Hanford site. "As we entered our negotiations with the state, we made it clear that the we could not agree to expand the state's regulatory authority. We cannot agree to turn over regulatory authority to the state of Washington, or any other state, by agreeing to legally enforceable commitments regarding the disposition of transuranic waste. "In the course of our negotiations with the state, DOE offered aggressive and enforceable commitments to retrieve large quantities of buried waste, to determine whether this buried waste and other quantities of waste are mixed waste, and to treat Hanford s anticipated inventory of mixed low-level waste. We also offered target milestones (a type of milestone under the Hanford Tri-Party Agreement designed to address matters of concern to the State involving activities over which it lacks regulatory authority) for the certification of transuranic waste so that it can be sent to DOE's disposal facility in New Mexico. However, the State pressed to gain regulatory authority of transuranic waste, which we cannot agree to by law. Unfortunately, the state decided, just this morning, to seek court action in this case." Media Contact: Joe Davis, 202/584-4940 Tom Welch, 202/586-5806 Release No. PR-03-045 Release Date: March 5, 2003 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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