Say What?Guide


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You have an opportunity to comment on the PUREX Tunnels Permit Modification. 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 .

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.


Draft wir evaluation

Craft a comment you can stand by and feel good about taking action to make the world a safer, cleaner place. The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to reclassify and abandon Hanford’s high-level tank waste.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment on its Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR) Evaluation for Closure of Waste Management Area C (WMA C) at the Hanford Site. The Draft WIR Evaluation is a tool DOE is using to relabel Hanford’s high-level radioactive waste as low-level waste so that it can leave the remaining 62,900 gallons of waste in the 16 C-Farm tanks and cover the waste with concrete.  This would allow DOE to “close” this cleanup project, leaving this waste in the tanks under concrete permanently.


High-Level Waste Interpretation

The U.S. Department of Energy has requested 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 interpretation seeks to designate new criteria by which a waste may be determined to be “non-high-level” (non-HLW), thereby allowing such waste to be disposed in a facility other than a deep geologic repository.

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