DOE official promises Hanford waste will be moved

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman says the Hanford nuclear reservation will not be the final resting place for radioactive waste that is turned into glass logs at a treatment plant.

During a visit Monday Poneman told KVEW the waste would be moved, regardless of what happens with the rejected disposal site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Poneman spoke to workers building the $12 billion vitrification plant and stressed that safety is the utmost importance.

The plant is being built to process 53 million gallons of hazardous waste now held in underground tanks.

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Information from: KVEW-TV, http://kvew kennewick