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Originally published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM

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Construction ready to go again at Hanford plant

State and federal officials say construction on a waste treatment plant at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site can begin to be ramped up again.

The Associated Press

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YAKIMA, Wash. —

State and federal officials say construction on a waste treatment plant at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site can begin to be ramped up again.

The plant has long been considered the cornerstone of cleanup at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation. Design of the plant is 85 percent complete, while construction is more than 50 percent complete.

But the U.S. Department of Energy halted construction on parts of the plant amid technical problems and safety concerns.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement Tuesday that the two parties have worked closely to resolve those issues in recent months. They also said the Energy Department is confident that construction can be ramped back up based on information gathered from leading scientific experts.

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