Muckraker: Grist on PoliticsFor enviros in the Pacific Northwest, the Hanford nuclear site is a Very Big Deal. The decommissioned nuclear production complex along the Columbia River in central Washington manufactured the plutonium used in the first nuclear bomb. Today, Hanford is the most contaminated nuclear site in the country and the focus of the nation’s largest environmental cleanup.

Or it would be, if the federal government weren’t mucking it up.

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In a recent appearance in Oregon, Barack Obama admitted that he doesn’t know what it is:

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That’s sure to annoy enviros in the region. You’d think a staffer would have briefed him before he headed up there. At least he came clean instead of trying to filibuster.