Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson, of Spokane, has been assigned to the Hanford consent decree case in federal court.
Judge Fred Van Sickle, who was the judge in the case when it was filed by the state in 2008, notified U.S. District Court earlier this week that another judge should be assigned. Van Sickle, of Spokane, now has senior status and no longer carries a full caseload.
The consent decree has returned to court after the Department of Energy and the state of Washington could not agree on amendments setting revised deadlines for storing and treating Hanford radioactive waste. DOE has said it is at risk of missing deadlines in the consent decree that had appeared to resolve the case in 2010.
Peterson previously has handled some Hanford-related cases, handing down sentences to some former workers who pleaded guilty to charges related to the fraudulent use of Hanford purchase cards.