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Agreement reached in lawsuit over safety of workers at Hanford nuclear site

FILE – In this July 9, 2014, file photo, shows the “C” tank farm is shown during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Wash. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining another federal agency up to $10,000 for each week it fails to start moving radioactive sludge away from the Columbia River at the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. The Tri-Party Agreement required the U.S. Department of Energy to begin removing sludge from a storage basin at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) LA122

The federal government has agreed to test new "groundbreaking" technology to capture and destroy tank vapors, and install vapor monitoring to increase safety measures. Hanford, located in southeastern Washington, is the most seriously polluted nuclear site in North America.

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