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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was even more blunt, suggesting that the cut for Hanford was connected to Washington's refusal to accept a lower cleanup standard pushed by the Energy Department.

"This fact, combined with the absolute lack of sound rationale for the majority of Hanford budget cuts, can easily lead one to believe Washington state was targeted by the Department of Energy," Murray told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee last month. - (Full Article)

- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - April 12, 2005