Agency urges safety review at Hanford vit plant

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- An independent nuclear safety agency is urging the Energy Department to take a closer look at the safety culture at the Hanford vitrification plant -- the $12 billion facility being built to turn high-level radioactive waste into glass logs for long-term storage.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board sent the DOE a letter, made public Monday, urging the department to take another look at union grievances and review the way a whistleblower was handled.

The department says it takes the advice seriously and promotes a robust safety culture.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/mQRBzN ) vit plant workers were told Monday they would be surveyed to provide data for a nationwide review of the Energy Department's safety culture.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com