Wash. National Guard wants to use Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Washington National Guard wants to use 5,000 acres of the Hanford nuclear reservation for training grounds.

The Guard also wants to build an armory that would be located near the Hanford Patrol Academy and the Energy Department's Hazardous Material Management and Emergency Response training center.

The Tri-City Herald reports there are no Hanford facilities on the 5,000 acres and the armory and training grounds would be compatible with plans to use the land for industrial use.

The Energy Department will consider the Guard's request and prepare an environmental study.