FEDS: New Hanford cleanup would cost $18 billion

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup Continues At Hanford Nuclear Reservation

A sign is seen as you enter the world's largest environmental cleanup project at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation June 30, 2005 near Richland, Washington.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The federal government contends that new Hanford cleanup deadlines sought by the state of Washington would require an extra $18 billion over the next 14 years.

The U.S. Department of Justice says in court documents that is not realistic and would jeopardize other cleanup projects at Hanford. Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons

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