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Proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to the State of Washington to Amend the Consent Decree

This proposal provides a set of near term, fixed milestones for certain activities along with a commitment by DOE to develop future milestones on a rolling basis as technical issues are resolved or when sufficient project planning and design information is otherwise available. The key feature of this proposal with regard to milestones for the Pretreatment Facility and for the High Level Waste Facility is a defined process for setting milestones within a specified time period following resolution of significant technical issues and establishment of new performance baselines and contract modifications. Achievement of these events will be transparent to Washington State officials, as will be the associated establishment of binding milestones. This proposal also commits to a deadline for DFLAW Hot Commissioning Complete by December 31, 2022, and maintains the Consent Decree requirement for the retrieval of nine additional tanks by September 30, 2022.