Newhouse Slams Biden Administration for Eliminating Federal Funding for Hanford Communities

June 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the Biden Administration’s recent budget proposal to Congress for Fiscal Year 2022 eliminated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for communities surrounding the Hanford Site. Under President Biden’s budget, other cleanup sites across the nation – except the Hanford Site in Central Washington and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina – would continue to receive Department of Energy (DOE) PILT funding.

“The Biden Administration’s proposal is absolutely unacceptable for our communities who are bearing the burden of the Department of Energy’s largest environmental cleanup project in the United States here at the Hanford Site in Central Washington,” said Rep. Newhouse. “These PILT payments are vital sources of funding and serve as a lifeline for rural communities in Central Washington with nontaxable federal lands. Without this funding, our rural communities will face devastating budget shortfalls as they juggle planning and paying for basic services like public safety, firefighting, social services, and transportation with a reduced local tax base. I am committed to reversing this terribly misguided move by the Biden Administration and will do everything in my power as a Member of the Appropriations Committee to ensure our local communities remain whole.”