US Senate proposal rejects $748M budget cuts for Hanford

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to cut millions in spending for a decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. A Senate panel forwarded a measure that would provide $748 million more in annual spending than proposed in the administration’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which began at the start of this month.

The Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee proposes a budget of $2.6 billion for the Hanford Site, where environmental cleanup is underway after the location produced plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program during World War II and the Cold War. The proposal would be $43 million more than current spending. The subcommittee said approving the proposal to cut the budget could threaten high-risk cleanup operations near Richland, Washington.

The House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee approved a Hanford spending bill in July that also rejected deep cuts proposed by the administration and is similar to the Senate proposal. (AP)

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