"Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Slow, Workers Frustrated"

"WASHINGTON — The government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to clean up Hanford, the nation’s largest former nuclear-weapons site, has become its own dysfunctional mess, critics say."

"For more than two decades, the government has planned and worked to dispose of 56 million gallons of nuclear and chemical waste in underground, leak-prone tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

But progress has been slow, the budget is rising by billions of dollars and a long-running technical dispute has sown ill will among some of the project’s senior engineering staff, the Energy Department and its lead contractors on the vitrification plant, where waste will be treated for disposal."

Rebecca LaFlure reports for the Center for Public Integrity November 18, 2013.

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 11/19/2013