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The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG 2014
The Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG event is coming up on Tuesday May 6th! All donations made to Hanford Challenge on that day ONLY will be stretched by a pool of contributions made by corporate sponsors. Want to support Hanford Challenge? Donate on May 6th and GiveBIG!
For more information, please visit the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG 2014 website.
Hot Hanford News
Governor, Attorney General reject federal Department of Energy’s proposed changes to Hanford cleanup plan
The State of Washington responded to DOE’s incomplete and inadequate proposed Amendment to the Consent Decree, on April 18, 2014, saying DOE’s proposal “lacks specificity, accountability and enforceability.” We agree. Next step is to implement the State’s proposed plan. See press release here, and WA State’s full response here.
Washington State Demands New Tanks, Firmer Deadlines
On March 31, the Governor and WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson held a press conference to announce a series of new measures designed to improve the accountability of the cleanup at Hanford. The consent decree calls for timely treatment of waste, the construction of new double shell tanks, and additional measures for accountability and mitigating environmental risks.
We applaud the Governor and the WA State Department of Ecology for taking decisive action. In the meantime we will continue advocating for workers and a safe and effective Hanford cleanup. To read the complete decree, please click here. For continuing coverage and updates, please visit our Newsroom.
Breaking News: At least 17 Hanford Tank Farm workers have received medical attention after reporting symptoms from chemical vapor exposures.
For a list of Chemical Vapor Exposure Resources for Workers click here.
For ongoing media coverage, please visit our Newsroom.
Senators blast DOE and contractors for lack of accountability and money spent fighting whistleblowers at Hanford Nuclear Site
A Senate Subcommittee held an oversight hearing on March 11, 2014 regarding the treatment of Hanford whistleblowers, delivering a message to the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors at Hanford that there needs to be better protections for whistleblowers, a better response to their safety issues, and an end to the reimbursement of attorney fees to contractors to fight whistleblowers cases. Hanford Challenge’s Tom Carpenter participated in a prehearing roundtable with whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walter Tamosaitis. The DOE announced that it has requested the Inspector General to investigate the recent termination of the nuclear safety manager, Donna Busche. To read a transcript of this testimony, please click here, and click here to see video of the hearing. To read our full press release, please click here.
Tell Congress: NEW TANKS NOW. Sign our Petition on Change.org!
Demand that Congress and the Secretary of Energy protect us from nuclear waste contamination and build NEW TANKS NOW!
Spring has sprung and lots of things are happening at Hanford! Read all about it in the latest edition of The Hanford Challenger!
- Empty actively leaking underground storage tanks.
- Build new environmentally compliant tanks.
- Create plans to remove, treat, and dispose of waste that has leaked into the soil and groundwater beneath the tanks.
- Begin an external, independent, licensing review that determines how to salvage the Waste Treatment Plant.
- Give authority to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to certify whether and when the WTP can operate from a nuclear safety standpoint.
- Make harassment and reprisal against whistleblowers a civil and criminal offense.
- Create a cleanup agency whose only mission is remediation of retired government nuclear and toxic facilities.