Sen. Murray helps restore Hanford funds

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been averted.

Murray says an omnibus spending bill moving through Congress would increase the budget for Hanford by almost $70 million above the request by the Obama administration, for a total budget of almost $2.2 billion.

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Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is the nation's most polluted nuclear site.

However, Hanford officials have said they need a budget of some $3 billion a year to keep the cleanup of radioactive waste on schedule.