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Hanford oversight questioned

An Environmental Protection Agency report faults Washington state for lax oversight at Hanford, the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, saying the state employs too few inspectors and gives advance notice of inspections to the federal agency charged with managing the cleanup.

The report resulted from a 2011 EPA audit of the state’s enforcement of clean air, water and hazardous waste laws. In its response, the state noted plans to double the inspector numbers.

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