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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

Hanford Regional Dialogue 2018

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 Department of Energy’s (DOE) 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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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

  • University of Washington - Center for Urban Horticulture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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