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November 8, 2002

State forgives Hanford fine

RICHLAND (AP) -- The state has forgiven a $57,800 fine against the U.S. Department of Energy and its primary contractor at Hanford nuclear reservation for losing track of hazardous chemicals.

The state Department of Ecology's agreement with the Energy Department and Fluor Hanford, which manages the nuclear reservation, suspends the fine for mislabeling and losing track of a potentially explosive chemical called collodion -- as long as there are no repeat offenses in the next two years.

"We think the settlement is equitable, beneficial and fair to all parties," said Andrea Powell, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department.

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