EPA fines Hanford $115,000 over asbestos

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RICHLAND — The Environmental Protection Agency has assessed fines totaling $115,000 to the U.S. Department of Energy at Hanford.

The penalties are for violations of asbestos management that occurred as a result of Hanford building demolitions in 2009 and 2010. The violations were discovered by the EPA last year. The Energy Department has 15 days to dispute whether these violations occurred.