Groups want to shut down Gorton project
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Two groups are eyeing a pet project of former Sen. Slade Gorton that has since been embraced by the Bush administration for shutdown.

During the final months of the Clinton administration, the feisty Republican fought the Department of Energy to keep open the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). Gorton got his wish when the Bush administration in January agreed to keep the facility open.

The Heart of America and the Government Accountability Project, however, say the will sue to shut the facility down permanently. Located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, the FFTF is an experimental reactor that still costs $30 million to maintain even though it hasn't been in use since 1992.

The Hanford Reservation, established in 1943, is located on land used by a number of tribes up until earlier this century.

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Hanford watchdogs threaten suit (AP 9/28)

Relevant Links:
Revised tribal policy, Department of Energy -
Indian Nations Program, Hanford Site -
Cultural and Historic Resource Pogram, Hanford Site -
Tribal Nations Involvement, Office of Environmental Management -

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