In May of this year the Department of Energy issued plans to dump 70,000 truckloads of radioactive waste in unlined trenches at Hanford. According to a press from Heart of America NW, this plan calls for: |
* Importing waste including Transuranic wastes containing plutonium,
* Not considering the risks of transportation from sites across the country in its Enviromental Impact Study (EIS),
* Permanantly leaving high-level nuclear waste in single shell tanks that have already leaked over one million gallons of waste that is seeping towards the Columbia River,
* Never cleaning up contaminated groundwater covering 200 square miles and flowing into the Columbia River,
* Delaying the shutdown of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) reactor until 2011,
* and Avoiding Congressional, Regulatory, and Public oversight.
Outraged? There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, July 30 at the Metro Regional Services Building in the Council Chambers. The address is: 600 NE Grand Ave. The meeting begins at 7PM. There will be an informational workshop held by Heart of America NW, Hanford Watch, and other groups at 6PM.
According to the Environmental Working Group's website: 705,655 Oregonians live within 1 mile of a nuclear transportation route and 294 Oregonian schools and 19 hospitals are within 1 mile of a route.
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Past PDX IMC articles on Hanford: [ PDX IMC article with link to Paige Knight of Hanford Watch interview | Clarification on FFTF and Commercial Nuclear Reactors | Hanford Produced Plutonium for Nagasaki Bomb" | DOE Site on Human Radiation Experiments INCOMPLETE | Hanford's Atomic Man ]