In his first visit to the Tri-Cities, Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered enthusiastic support for the Hanford cleanup and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, gut gave no assurances he will maintain current funding.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry will be in Richland on Aug. 14-15 for a tour of Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Perry also will tour McNary Dam on the Columbia River near Umatilla, Ore.
Plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected at the Rattlesnake Barricade just off Highway 240 northwest of Richland on June 8, the day of an incident at the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Since Sunday, Hanford firefighters have been battling the Silver Dollar fire, trying to "keep it from encroaching on civilian inhabited regions" says officials with the Hanford Fire Department's union firefighters. Video posted on their Facebook page show
Hanford Fire Department's Union Firefighters, Local I-24Facebook
Planes dump water on fire that's burned thousands of acres