Nuclear cleanup tests Rick Perry, as administration presses for budget cuts

Almost three decades after the Department of Energy began its cleanup of the Hanford nuclear complex, the more than 500-square-mile site in central Washington state remains highly radioactive and off limits to the public, a relic of Cold War-era plutonium production for nuclear warheads.

Now, Energy Secretary Rick Perry is looking to make his mark on a cleanup process that is still decades from completion, greenlighting Energy Department officials to move ahead on a proposal that would allow them to speed up and reduce the costs of cleanup by reclassifying the 53 million gallons of highly toxic radioactive waste left behind in a network of underground tanks at Hanford.

Source: Nuclear cleanup tests Rick Perry, as administration presses for budget cuts – HoustonChronicle.com