"EPA Audit Faults Wash. State's Hanford Oversight"

"A U.S. EPA draft report criticizes Washington state for lax oversight of the Hanford nuclear site, citing too few inspections and ignored violations."

"The nearly 200-page draft was released by watchdog group Hanford Challenge as the Department of Energy deals with a host of obstacles to completing a waste treatment plant at Hanford, a $12 billion project that is over budget and years behind schedule.

EPA's audit is broad; it covers Washington state's compliance with clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws. But it includes several criticisms of how the state's Department of Ecology has overseen the Hanford site."

Emily Yehle reports for Greenwire June 19, 2013.

Source: Greenwire, 06/20/2013