The state of Washington is considering its options for the Hanford consent decree after the clock ran out Tuesday on 40 days of dispute resolution with the federal government.
The state released a statement saying that no decision had been made at the close of business Tuesday.
The 2010 consent decree, which resolved a lawsuit brought by the state against DOE in federal court, requires that the federal and state governments engage in at least 40 days of dispute resolution before asking the court to intervene in the court-enforced consent decree.
DOE has told the state that most of the remaining deadlines in the consent decree are at risk. They include a deadline to have the Hanford vitrification plant at full operations in 2022.
On April 23, DOE rejected the state's proposed amendments to the consent decree. The state also rejected DOE's proposed amendments.