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Secures $914 million for Richland Operations, sustains higher investment in Office of River Protection


(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $914 million for Richland Operations and $1.5 billion for Office of River Protection for Hanford cleanup in the Senate appropriations process. This comes after the President’s budget request cut $190.6 million from Richland Operations, which has more work to do on several high-risk cleanup projects along the Columbia River and Central Plateau of Hanford. Senator Murray refused to accept the Administration’s short-sighted proposal and fought to restore $114 million for these critical projects and to protect the strong funding levels for the Office of River Protection.


“It’s so important for the federal government to provide the necessary resources to keep Hanford cleanup on schedule, so I knew it was critical to go to bat to restore these investments for Washington state,” Senator Murray said. “I’m proud to say the numbers today are a huge improvement from what the President proposed, but our work isn’t over. I’m going to keep fighting along with Rep. Newhouse to make sure these investments are carried through the entire process because the federal government has an obligation to make good on its promise to the Hanford community.”


Senator Murray is the leading advocate for federal funding for Hanford cleanup work. In February, when the proposed budget cuts were announced, Senator Murray called the budget “short-sighted” and “inadequate.”


Below are the Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for Hanford cleanup work secured by Senator Murray in the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriation bill:


$2.413 billion for Hanford cleanup

  • $914 million for Richland Operations, an increase of $114 million above the President’s budget request
  • $1.499 billion for Office of River Protection, equal to the President’s budget request
  • $721.4 million for tank farm activities
  • $693 million for the Waste Treatment Plant
  • $73 million for low activity waste pretreatment plant
  • $12.5 million for Infrastructure Recapitalization 


Click here to see the Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for Hanford cleanup work proposed by the Obama Administration.