Nuclear production at Hanford helped win World War II and provide the nuclear deterrence that helped defeat communism and end the Cold War.
This nuclear production also resulted in a large amount of nuclear waste. The federal government has a moral and legal obligation to cleanup this waste in a safe, efficient and timely manner.
While in Congress, I have successfully worked with both Republican and Democrat Administrations to provide the resources needed for Hanford cleanup each year. I am the founder and Chairman of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus – a group of lawmakers who represent communities with nuclear waste sites across the nation. As a Caucus, we have banded together to advocate for safe, timely and efficient nuclear waste cleanup.
Today, we are moving aggressively toward completing Hanford cleanup in my lifetime – something not even considered just a few years ago.
With real progress being made, it’s time for a renewed emphasis on preparing the Tri-Cities for life after Hanford. The Tri-Cities is my home and I want to make sure a vibrant and prosperous community exists long after Hanford cleanup is complete.
A key part of that future is the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – and I’ve been working hard to help provide new lab facilities for scientists and lab personnel working in Hanford’s 300 Area.