Request for Public Comment on the U.S. Department of Energy Interpretation of High-Level Radioactive Waste
Oct
10
to Dec 10

Request for Public Comment on the U.S. Department of Energy Interpretation of High-Level Radioactive Waste

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) is providing this Notice and request for public comment on its interpretation of the definition of the statutory term “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) as set forth in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. This statutory term indicates that not all wastes from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel (“reprocessing wastes”) are HLW, and DOE interprets the statutory term such that some reprocessing wastes may be classified as not HLW (non-HLW) and may be disposed of in accordance with their radiological characteristics. Check out our Say What? Comment Writing Guide here for more information. Sample comments may be found here.

DATES:

DOE invites stakeholders to submit written comments on its interpretation. The 60-day public comment period begins on October 10, 2018 and ends on December 10, 2018. Only comments received through one of the methods described below will be accepted. DOE will consider all comments received or postmarked by December 10, 2018.

Please direct comments to:

(a) Email: Send comments to HLWnotice@em.doe.gov. Please submit comments in MicrosoftTM Word, or PDF file format, and avoid the use of encryption.

(b) Mail: Send to the following address: Theresa Kliczewski, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management, Office of Waste and Materials Management (EM-4.2), 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.

For further information contact:

Theresa Kliczewski at HLWnotice@em.doe.govor at U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management, Office of Waste and Materials Management (EM-4.2), 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586-3301.

HC’s Say What? Comment Writing Guide is here.

Sample Comments are here.

Joint letter we sent requesting a 120-day comment period extension is here.

For more background information: http://bit.ly/2JNnzsi

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DNFSB Sunshine Act Meetings
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

DNFSB Sunshine Act Meetings

  • 625 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 352, Washington, DC 20004 (map)
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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is holding its Sunshine Act meeting on November 28th in Washington DC.

While the Government in the Sunshine Act does not require that the scheduled hearing be conducted in a meeting, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has determined that an open meeting and hearing furthers the public interests underlying both the Government in the Sunshine Act and the Board’s enabling legislation.

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

Pursuant to the provisions of the ‘‘Government in the Sunshine Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 552b), and as authorized by 42 U.S.C. 2286b, notice is hereby given of the Board’s public hearing on August 28, 2018.

The goals for the hearing are

(1) to gather information on DNFSB interface and access to information, facilities, and personnel managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management; and

(2) receive input from the public regarding the role of independent oversight and interfaces between DNFSB and DOE.

In session 1, the Board will hear from the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management. The objectives for this session are to (1) discuss implementation of DOE Order 140.1 by the Office of Environmental Management and (2) discuss changes in DNFSB access to information, facilities, and personnel, and interfaces as a result of DOE Order 140.1.

In session 2, the Board will hear comments from members of the public regarding the role of independent oversight and interfaces between DNFSB and DOE. The agenda for the hearing is posted on the Board’s website (www.dnfsb.gov).

Public participation in the hearing is invited during the public comment period of the agenda. Persons interested in speaking during the public comment period are encouraged to pre-register by submitting a request in writing to the Board’s address listed above, emailing hearing@dnfsb.gov, or calling the Office of the General Counsel at (202) 694– 7000 or (800) 788–4016 prior to close of business on November 26, 2018.

The Board asks that commenters describe the nature and scope of their oral presentations. Those who pre-register will be scheduled to speak first. Individual oral comments may be limited by the time available, depending on the number of persons who register. At the beginning of the hearing, the Board will post a list of speakers at the entrance to the hearing room. Anyone who wishes to comment or provide technical information or data may do so in writing, either in lieu of, or in addition to, making an oral presentation. The Board Members may question presenters to the extent deemed appropriate. Written comments and documents will be accepted at the hearing or may be sent to the Board’s Washington, DC office. The Board will hold the hearing record open until December 28, 2018, for the receipt of additional materials.

The hearing will be presented live through internet video streaming. A link to the presentation will be available on the Board’s website, and a recording will be posted soon after. A transcript of these sessions and the associated correspondence will be made available on the Board’s website. The Board specifically reserves its right to further schedule and otherwise regulate the course of the hearing, to recess, reconvene, postpone, or adjourn the hearing, conduct further reviews, and otherwise exercise its authority under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended.

CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Glenn Sklar, General Manager, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004–2901, (800) 788– 4016.

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Hanford Regional Dialogue 2018
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Hanford Regional Dialogue 2018

  • Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, The Gorge Room (map)
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The Tri-Party Agreement agencies invite you to a regional meeting in Hood River, Oregon to learn more about nuclear cleanup projects and progress at the Hanford Site. Engage in dialogue with leaders from DOE, Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology. 

Topics discussed at the meeting will be considered based on public input. To learn more, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xP2KM

To request language assistance or disability accommodations, please email HanfordDialogue2018@rl.gov or call (509) 376-5840 by October 15, 2018. Lend your voice to help us protect the river

For questions, please email HanfordDialogue2018@rl.gov

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'Never Town' Screening at Patagonia
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

'Never Town' Screening at Patagonia

Patagonia is hosting a film screening of Never Town on October 25th, from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Do join us on Thursday and be part in protecting the wild spaces around us.

Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says, “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.”

Never Town spans Australia’s vibrant southern fringe from the dusty edge of South Australia to the deep forests of Victoria and Tasmania. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske, set alongside conversations with coastal activists who are standing up against deepwater oil drilling and industrial fish farms.

Midnight Oil, Yirrnga Yunupingu, Ziggy Alberts and Bad Dreems provide a distinctly Australian soundtrack. With coastlines around the world under pressure like never before from growing populations, rampant development and exploitation from resource companies, Never Town is a rallying call for surfers and local communities to stand together to protect the wild spaces around them.

Find more on Never Town here : https://www.patagonia.com.au/pages/never-town

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Public Meeting on Draft WIR Evaluation
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Public Meeting on Draft WIR Evaluation

The Department of Energy is conducting a public meeting on Thursday, October 18 in Seattle to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to reclassify high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington.

Background on USDOE Proposal:
The U.S.Department of Energy is proposing to reclassify the 'high-level' tank waste as low-level radioactive waste, and abandon it at Hanford. This comment period will determine the way clean-up will happen in all the remaining 161 tanks at Hanford Nuclear Site.

To read more : http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/publiccomment/

More information on the Draft WIR Evaluation and underlying performance assessment, including links to documents for review and how to submit public comment, is available at https://bit.ly/2wPPd2N

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ODOE Public Meeting on Hanford Radioactive Waste
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

ODOE Public Meeting on Hanford Radioactive Waste

  • The Eliot Center at First Unitarian Church (map)
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Join the Oregon Department of Energy on Tuesday, October 16 in Portland to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to reclassify high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington.

Attendees will hear from Oregon, Washington, and federal experts about USDOE’s proposal and have an opportunity to ask questions and make informal comments. ODOE will submit its official comments to USDOE regarding the proposal prior to the meeting – we will make copies available. 

ODOE Hanford Public Meeting:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Doors open: 6 p.m.
Meeting: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Eliot Center at the First Unitarian Church
1226 SW Salmon St. (use Salmon St. entrance)
Portland, OR 97205
Getting There + Parking: 
https://eliotcenterportland.org/contact/directions-a-parking 

ODOE’s evening meeting will follow a half-day informational meeting hosted by USDOE, also at the Eliot Center

Background on USDOE’s Proposal:
The USDOE has retrieved most of the waste from 16 single-shell waste tanks at Hanford C Tank Farm. USDOE is proposing to reclassify the remaining tank waste as low-level radioactive waste so that it can remain at Hanford. Read USDOE’s complete proposal online.

To read more : http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/publiccomment/

More information on the Draft WIR Evaluation and underlying performance assessment, including links to documents for review and how to submit public comment, is available at https://bit.ly/2wPPd2N

To know more on this issue, click here for the ‘Say What Guide

Facebook Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520207878406851/

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Public Meeting on Draft WIR Evaluation
Oct
16
2:30 PM14:30

Public Meeting on Draft WIR Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host two public meetings in October to provide information and answer questions about the Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Closure of Waste Management Area C at the Hanford Site (Draft WIR Evaluation). The meeting will be preceded by a half-hour open house: 

Tuesday, October 16: 2:30-3 p.m. (open house); 3-5 p.m. (meeting) at the Eliot Center at the First Unitarian Church in Portland

The Draft WIR Evaluation is an important step toward closure of the 16 single-shell tanks at Hanford’s C Tank Farm, also known as Waste Management Area C (WMA C). Waste from these tanks has been successfully retrieved, and safely closing the emptied tanks would be a significant achievement in DOE’s Hanford cleanup mission. DOE has a record of safely and successfully closing emptied underground waste tanks at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho.

The Draft WIR Evaluation demonstrates that the tanks (from which waste has been retrieved), ancillary structures and their residuals at closure of WMA C will meet the waste incidental to reprocessing (WIR) criteria in DOE Manual 435.1-1, Radioactive Waste Management Manual, are not high-level radioactive waste and may be managed as low-level radioactive waste.

DOE is consulting with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the Draft WIR Evaluation and the underlying performance assessment. Following consideration of public comments and NRC consultation, DOE anticipates issuing a final WIR Evaluation. Based on the final WIR Evaluation, DOE may potentially determine (in a “WIR Determination”) whether the stabilized tanks, ancillary structures, and their residuals in WMA C at the time of closure are wastes incidental to the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel and can be managed as low-level radioactive waste pursuant to DOE Order 435.1, Radioactive Waste Management, and the associated DOE Manual 435.1-1, Radioactive Waste Management Manual.

Comments on the Draft WIR Evaluation will be accepted through Nov. 7, 2018.

Read more here: https://www.hanfordchallenge.org/publiccomment/

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Happy Hour with Hanford Challenge
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Happy Hour with Hanford Challenge

Join Hanford Challenge at one of our comment writing happy hours to learn how you can stop the U.S. Department of Energy from reclassifying and abandoning Hanford’s high-level tank waste. We’ll have materials for you to review and sample comments. Craft a comment you can stand by and feel good about taking action to make the world a safer, cleaner place.

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PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification - Seattle Public Hearing
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification - Seattle Public Hearing

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The Washington State Department of Ecology will be holding a public hearing in Seattle at the University of Washington on September 5, 2018 to present and take public comments on the PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification. 

Ecology invites you to review and comment on this proposed permit modification. The proposed permit modifications affect the PUREX Storage Tunnels.The tunnels store waste, mostly large equipment components, from the PUREX Plant and other onsite sources. By completing the response action for Tunnel 1 and the proposed interim closure action for Tunnel 2, the tunnels will continue to safely store the waste. For more information please see the NWP public comment period page. The Sitewide Permit is Ecology’s tool for regulating the treatment, storage, and disposal of dangerous and mixed wastes (containing radioactive and hazardous chemicals) at Hanford. The permit’s purpose is to regulate the cleanup of the Hanford site while protecting people and the environment. The permit sets conditions based on the state’s laws and regulations that control the treatment, storage, and disposal of dangerous wastes.

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DNFSB Public Hearing (live web stream available)
Aug
28
6:00 AM06:00

DNFSB Public Hearing (live web stream available)

On August 28, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) will hold a public hearing at its Washington, DC Headquarters. DNFSB’s goal is to gather information on:

(1) objectives of DOE Order 140.1, Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board;

(2) DNFSB access to information, facilities, and personnel; and

(3) potential impacts to the DNFSB resident inspector program.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the public comment portion of the meeting. Individuals interested in speaking during the public comment period are encouraged to pre-register by submitting a request in writing to hearing@dnfsb.gov or by telephone to the Office of the General Counsel at (202) 694–7000 or (800) 788-4016. Individuals may also submit written comments both prior to and at the hearing.

Documentation related to the public hearing is available below.  Additional documentation will be posted as it becomes available. A link to a live web stream of the hearing will be available on this page on August 28.

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PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification - Richland Public Hearing
Aug
27
5:30 PM17:30

PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification - Richland Public Hearing

The Washington State Department of Ecology will be holding a public hearing in Richland at the Richland Public Library on August 27, 2018 to present and take public comments on the PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification. 

Ecology invites you to review and comment on this proposed permit modification. The proposed permit modifications affect the PUREX Storage Tunnels.The tunnels store waste, mostly large equipment components, from the PUREX Plant and other onsite sources. By completing the response action for Tunnel 1 and the proposed interim closure action for Tunnel 2, the tunnels will continue to safely store the waste. For more information please see the NWP public comment period page. The Sitewide Permit is Ecology’s tool for regulating the treatment, storage, and disposal of dangerous and mixed wastes (containing radioactive and hazardous chemicals) at Hanford. The permit’s purpose is to regulate the cleanup of the Hanford site while protecting people and the environment. The permit sets conditions based on the state’s laws and regulations that control the treatment, storage, and disposal of dangerous wastes.

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Happy Hour with Hanford Challenge
Aug
23
4:00 PM16:00

Happy Hour with Hanford Challenge

Join Hanford Challenge at one of our comment writing happy hours to learn how you can stop the U.S. Department of Energy from reclassifying and abandoning Hanford’s high-level tank waste. We’ll have materials for you to review and sample comments. Craft a comment you can stand by and feel good about taking action to make the world a safer, cleaner place.

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Hanford Talk: 8/20 in Vancouver, WA
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Hanford Talk: 8/20 in Vancouver, WA

  • Vancouver Public Library, Columbia Room (map)
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Join us on Monday, August 20, 2018, for an in-depth look at U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to reclassify high-level radioactive waste at Hanford. By reclassifying Hanford’s high-level tank waste as low-level waste, the federal government is setting the stage to leave toxic and radioactive pollution in tanks, soils, and groundwater close to the Columbia River at Hanford.

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Tabling at Patagonia Seattle
Aug
16
12:00 PM12:00

Tabling at Patagonia Seattle

Stop by and ask some tough questions or just say hello to the Hanford Challenge staff who will be tabling at Seattle Patagonia from 12-6pm. There is a lot going on out at Hanford and this is a great opportunity to learn more about the tough issues facing Hanford cleanup.

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