Working near the Columbia River on the Hanford Site in southeast Washington
Try to imagine a million gallons of water. That’s how much highly contaminated, radioactive groundwater is flowing toward the Columbia River from the Hanford Site in southeast
The Columbia River flows along the Hanford Site for about fifty miles and the Snake River and Yakima River join the
The Environmental Impact Statement
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the
* Treatment of the 53 million gallons of highly radioactive waste and closing the aging underground tanks.
* Disposing of solid waste with the possibility of receiving additional waste from other facilities.
* Decommissioning the Fast Flux Test Facility, a nuclear reactor from the 1980s.
A public meeting will be held in La Grande,
The DOE is also accepting written public comments about the Environmental Impact Statement until March 19, 2010. Written comments may be submitted as follows:
U.S. Mail: Mary Beth Burandt, NEPA Document Manager, US Department of Energy, Office of River Protection, Attn: TC& WM EIS, P.O. Box 1178, Richland, WA 99352.
Toll-free FAX: 1-888-785-2865
Important Points for Comments
* The DOE should clean-up all 53 million gallons of buried nuclear waste to a 99.9% rate of retrieval. They are considering less stringent standards.
* Drop the proposal to ship radioactive waste into
* Clean up the waste that has leaked into the ground and prevent it from reaching the
Thanks to Columbia Riverkeeper for providing valuable information about the Hanford EIS. Visit their website at: http://www.blogger.com/www.columbiariverkeeper.org.
For more information on the EIS from the US Department of Energy, visit: http://www.hanford.gov/orp (click on “Tank Closure & WM EIS info”).
Read “The Columbia River at Risk: Why Hanford Cleanup is Vital to
From The Oregonian:
A recent news story: www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/despite_billions_spent_on_clea.html
A recent editorial: www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/02/clean_up_the_hanford_nuclear_r.html
A recent guest opinion piece: www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/02/hanford_hearing_so_what_about.html
Story by Brian Kelly, HCPC Restoration Coordinator