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(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future announced it would hold its next meeting at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on July 14th and 15th.

“This will not be an audition for making Hanford a permanent repository for nuclear waste.  It will be an opportunity for the Commission to see first-hand the pressing need to move waste off-site as workers continue to clean up and shrink the footprint of the site.

"The charge of this Commission is to take a broad look at nuclear issues. While the Commission will not be looking at specific repository sites, I am disappointed the Obama Administration has dismissed out of hand any discussion of Yucca Mountain and I have made clear I will fight any attempt to make Hanford the site for a permanent repository.

“The federal government has a legal obligation to provide a permanent repository, and to remove the waste from Hanford.  I look forward to working with the Commission members to educate them about the tremendous sacrifices and contributions of the Hanford community, and to ensuring that the federal government lives up to its obligation.”