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Stop Hanford from becoming a National Radioactive Waste Dump – Hearings Starting‏

Posted in Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Tri-Party Agreement by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on October 24, 2009

It is time to comment at a public hearing scheduled in Portland on Tuesday, Oct 27th (7 PM at the Double Tree Inn near Lloyd Center – 1000 NE Multnomah) or via email or written letter. 
Comments are needed on the proposed revisions to the Tri-party Agreement (TPA) setting out the schedule and conditions for the clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  This revised TPA is in settlement of a lawsuit by the State of Washington against the US Department of Energy (USDOE)which is in charge of the clean-up.  USDOE has had great difficulty in meeting any of the old clean-up deadlines (milestones) and the lawsuit resulted.  Oregon also inserted itself into the suit and has entered their own agreement with USDOE. 
Unfortunately, the revised TPA has hugh delays in the clean-up schedule.  Whereas the old agreement required that all 149 single shell high level nuclear waste tanks be emptied by 2018, the proposed TPA delays that until 2040 and still leave 7 tanks unemptied.  The old TPA required the complete treatment of all Hanford task waste by 2028.  The revised version delays that deadline until 2047. 
And the revised TPA still does not address the question of bringing more nuclear and other waste for storage at Hanford.  Any agreement on Hanford must clearly ban on bringing additional waste to Hanford until the clean-up is complete.
Heart of America Northwest will be holding a pre-meeting session starting at 6 PM to inform citizens of our concerns with the proposed TPA.  
If you cannot attend this meeting, your comments are still welcome.  They can be emailed to or written comment can be mailed to  Lori Gamache, Department of Energy, Office of River Protection, PO Box 450, MSIN H6-60, Richland, WA 99352
Please see additional information in email below from Heart of America NW or visit their website at

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter 503 232 5495


Subject: Stop Hanford from becoming a National Radioactive Waste Dump – Hearings Starting

Heart of America Northwest
Proposed Settlement Agreement Delays Hanford Clean-Up by Decades

WA State-USDOE deal fails to include enforceable ban on USDOE using Hanford as a national radioactive wasted dump

Attend a Public Meeting Near You!
Meetings begin at 7pm

Hood River, OR: 10/26*
Portland, OR: 10/27*
Tri-Cities, WA: 10/29
Spokane, WA: 11/9*
Seattle, WA: 11/12*

Click here for locations and more information!

*Join Heart of America NW for pre-meeting workshops at 6pm
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Heart of America Northwest’s Mission
At Heart of America Northwest, our mission is to advance our region’s quality of life through highly credible research, education, and participation of citizens in issues affecting the health, environment, and economy of the Northwest particularly as it affects Hanford.
see our website for more information

Heart of America NW needs your help
Our funding has taken a huge hit in this recession — please consider donating today so that we can continue our research, organizing and lobbying efforts to clean-up Hanford and protect the Columbia River.
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Every day, radioactive Strontium 90 enters the Columbia River at levels 1,500 times drinking water standards. Worse contamination from the leaky High-Level Nuclear Waste tanks spreads towards the River every day. Please pledge just twenty five cents a day, or a dime a day, for the coming year to stop the contamination!   



Dear David,






This fall, take a stand with Heart of America Northwest against Hanford clean-up delays and using Hanford as a national radioactive waste dump.  Join us at public hearings in Washington and Oregon and submit comments to let your voice be heard!  We must stand together to remind the WA Governor Gregoire & USDOE to “Clean Up First” – enforce stopping more waste from being dumped at Hanford! 

Hanford: Cleaning up the nation's Cold War legacy




x Proposed Clean-Up Delays (and other bad news)
  •  Washington State accepts USDOE’s delays and missed deadlinesHanford cleanup is DELAYED BY DECADESRestrictions on importing off-site waste to Hanford still unenforceable
  • USDOE is still allowed to issue a separate decision next year to import and bury the most radioactive and toxic wastes at Hanford (called Greater Than Class C wastes)
  • Schedules to empty all single shell tanks by 2018 DELAYED until 2040Schedule to treat all tank waste by 2028 DELAYED until 2047
  • Waste Treatment Plant “hot-start” date DELAYED from 2011 to 2019

x Background on the Settlement Agreement
  Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) Negotiations began in 2007, when it became clear that the US Department of Energy (USDOE) was going to miss crucial deadlines concerning Hanford’s leaky High-Level Nuclear Waste tanks.  USDOE had proposed to clean out single shell tanks (SSTs) at a rate of only one or two per year – while 140 SSTs remain!  The negotiations fell apart, so the State of Washington sued USDOE in November 2008 to empty the tanks and treat the waste faster, and Oregon State joined the lawsuit in early 2009.  USDOE and the states managed to reach agreements in August 2009. The Proposed Settlement Agreement outlines the conditions of the settlement with Washington. This settlement consists of two parts: a Consent Decree – its deadlines are enforceable in federal court – and a TPA change package.  USDOE and Oregon reached a separate settlement.
x TAKE ACTION! Attend a public hearing near you and submit comments
Public Hearing Dates & Locations:


  1. Include in the TPA and the Consent Decree an enforceable ban on USDOE adding more off-site waste until existing wastes are brought into compliance and are cleaned up: the “Clean-Up First” principle.Include the highly radioactive wastes (GTCC) in the ban on burying more off-site waste at Hanford, and make it enforceable!  USDOE’s exclusion of these hot wastes shows USDOE cannot be trusted unless the ban is enforceable.
  2. Reject taking until 2040 to empty single shell tanks (SSTs), and empty more than one or two per year between now and 2022.



We hope to see you at a meeting in the next few weeks. Remember, every voice counts to protect the Columbia River and the Northwest from Hanford becoming a national radioactive waste dump!

Heart of America Northwest


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