Radiation exposure believed underestimated
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A draft report prepared for the federal government says tribal members exposure to radiation from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington may have been underestimated.

Several tribes are located within the vicinity of the reservation property, which was ceded in a 19th century treaty. Due to their traditional diet, which includes heavy intake of salmon from the Columbia River, the tribal members may have been been exposed to radiation more than was previously thought, according to the report.

A major cleanup effort is underway at Hanford. The Bush administration attempted to cut the funds but the money was restored by Congress.

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More Hanford radiation? Indians may have higher exposure than previously estimated (The Seattle Times 1/25)

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

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