About Us

Hanford Challenge exists to transform Hanford’s nuclear legacy into a model of safe and effective cleanup.

Hanford Whistleblower, Casey Ruud, tells his phenomenal story – including game changing support from Hanford Challenge.

Our mission: To help create a future for Hanford that secures human health and safety, advances accountability, and promotes a sustainable environmental legacy.

Our values:  Integrity, fun, collaboration, innovation, empowerment & effectiveness.

Our work: We work to hold Hanford accountable.  We do this by protecting whistleblowers, promoting discovery of common ground among traditional opponents, conducting environmental sampling, and generating creative resolutions and collaborative opportunities for improving the cleanup.  Our goal for Hanford is a site that performs its cleanup obligations in a transparent, efficient, creative manner at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer and in a fashion that protects health and safety, the environment, and future generations.

Hanford Challenge works closely with concerned employees, insiders, retired employees, and whistleblowers to assure that their voices can be safely heard within the Department of Energy and contractor communities.  We conduct investigations and create public and private venues for disclosure and discussion.  We use dialogue when possible to resolve conflict, and litigation when less contentious methods fail.

Area barrels

Barrels of hazardous radioactive waste in an unlined pit discovered in Hanford’s 300 area.

We provide unique services for Hanford workers who are ill or injured and employees who have raised concerns and are suffering reprisals.  We conduct environmental sampling to monitor for radioactive and chemical contamination and work with Tri-Party agencies to address our findings and occasionally work to influence legislation that affects the site, including lobbying and attending hearings.

All of this work serves our mission; to help create a future for Hanford that secures human health and safety, advances accountability, and promotes a sustainable environmental legacy for the Tri-Cities, Pacific Northwest and beyond.


Denis Hayes

Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation & Organizer of the first Earth Day

“Nothing  poses a  more  dire  threat to  the  Pacific Northwest than the millions and millions of gallons of deadly nuclear waste entombed at Hanford. After a half-century of accidents, leaks, spills, and cover-ups — a half-century of government incompetence and complicity — some have come to view Hanford as hopeless. But Hanford Challenge gives me renewed hope, because its leaders have the integrity, experience, and determination to pull us back from the brink.”

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