Gov. Gregoire’s and Attorney Gen. McKenna’s statement on Oregon support of Hanford lawsuit

“Washington state negotiated in good faith for an acceptable change in the cleanup schedule. The negotiations failed to produce an agreement with legal safeguards to make sure the federal government finishes the job of emptying the hazardous and radioactive waste from the tanks and appropriately treating it. We had no reasonable alternative but to file our lawsuit in November to seek relief from the U.S. District Court. We welcome Oregon’s support in this necessary litigation.”