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Join Hanford Challenge, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and University of Washington students for a public meeting to talk about cleaning up Hanford’s tank farms. Speakers include Mike Geffre, recently featured on King-5 News; Russell Jim, Environmental Restoration Waste Management Program Manager for the Yakama Nation; Cheryl Whalen, Washington State Department of Ecology; Tom Carpenter, Hanford Challenge; James Chiang and Amy Fowler, UW students; and Daniel Noonan, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Learn about tank farm cleanup, eat free food, and join the exciting dialogue about Hanford’s biggest cleanup challenge! Agenda here. Meeting is at the University of Washington Seattle Campus, Husky Union Building, Lyceum Room.
Leaking tanks, new leadership, organizational update and more! Check out our Winter 2013 newsletter and brand new Site Update for the latest news on Hanford cleanup.
In coalition with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southwest Research and Information Center, Hanford Challenge sent a letter to Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu regarding the Department of Energy’s costly, unwise and illegal “preferred alternative” to send certain Hanford tank wastes to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. March 26, 2013
Hanford Challenge press release praises Governor Jay Inslee for his “zero tolerance policy on radioactive leaks” at Hanford. The history of tank leaks at Hanford, as well as this latest leak, illustrates the urgency to begin construction of new tanks and the importance of an independent assessment of the Waste Treatment Plant. February 15, 2013
DOE’s Engineering Director for the Waste Treatment Plant, Gary Brunson, filed a memo on August 23, 2012 with the Secretary of Energy and site management calling for design and construction activities at the WTP to be suspended due to the “quality indeterminate” nature of the project. He then resigned his position.
- 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.