The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State contains a legacy of
nuclear waste that makes it the single most contaminated site on this continent. It sits directly on the banks of the Columbia River, one of our region's most valuable natural resources. In May, the U.S. Department of
Energy (USDOE) issued a plan to double the total amount of radioactive waste buried in Hanford's ***unlined soil trenches.*** The analysis of how this action impacts your health and environmental quality, the Solid Waste Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), is now out for public comment.
Why We Should STOP the Hanford Radioactive Waste Dump
USDOE's EIS calls for importing more radioactive waste and hazardous mixed
radioactive waste from across the country and dumping it in unlined soil trenches at Hanford *** 70,000 truckloads *** of waste on our highways! The dangers are many:
**Dumping more radioactive waste WILL contaminate groundwater flowing towards the Columbia River for thousands of years.
**The risk of nuclear waste transportation to Hanford is not even considered in the EIS. More radioactive waste on the roads means a greater risk of accidents.
**Dumping radioactive waste in unlined trenches provides no protection from soil and eventual groundwater contamination. Even our kitchen garbage cannot be buried in unlined soil trenches!
**The USDOE plan more than doubles the total amount of radioactive waste buried in unlined soil trenches at Hanford, and also includes importing dangerous transuranic wastes which contain deadly plutonium!
The current mission of Hanford is cleanup. This is NOT cleanup This is a U.S. Department of Energy plan to make Hanford the Nations Radioactive Waste Dump!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1.Come to a public meeting in your area and make your voice heard! Urge the U.S. Department of Energy to STOP importing waste to Hanford and adding more risk to our Columbia River!
**All meeting begin at 7pm. Pre-hearing informational workshops will be held
by Heart of America Northwest beginning at 6pm in Seattle, Portland and Hood
Public Meeting Dates and Locations:
August 6, 2002
Red Lion Hotel
802 George Washington Way
August 7, 2002
The Mountaineer Club
300 3rd Ave W
August 14, 2002
Hood River, OR
Best Western Hood River Inn
1108 Marina Way
2. Write a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, urging them to
provide the public with an adequate analysis of all the impacts to human and environmental health, including risks from groundwater contamination and transportation accident. No more waste should be imported to Hanford until the soil and groundwater at Hanford is cleaned up!
Go to our website: www.heartofamericanorthwest.org/action.html to instantly
send a letter!
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 550, A6-38
Richland, WA 99352
Dear Mr. Collins,
I am writing you as a citizen concerned with the cleanup of Hanford, one of the most contaminated places in the world. The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to double the amount of radioactive waste buried in unlined soil trenches at Hanford, which doubles the risk of more soil and groundwater contamination. You have failed to adequately address the human health and
environmental impacts of adding this radioactive waste to Hanford in your
Solid Waste Environmental Impact Statement (SW EIS). I urge you to redo your analysis and stop importing more waste until you have cleaned up the huge radioactive mess already contaminating the Columbia River at Hanford.
The analysis of human health and environmental impacts in the SW EIS is
lacking in several ways. Currently, Hanford receives waste from other Nuclear Weapons Plants, Labs and even private companies. This waste is dumped in unlined soil trenches with limited groundwater monitoring. Even our kitchen garbage cannot be buried like this! The SW EIS offers no alternative to line and monitor these trenches. Dumping more radioactive waste will contaminate groundwater flowing towards the Columbia River for thousands of years.Also, the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to greatly increase the waste coming to Hanford from these offsite locations increases the risk of accidents. The transportation risk of importing over
70,000 truckloads of radioactive waste, including dangerous plutonium-laden
transuranic waste, is not even considered in the SW EIS.
We are spending billions of dollars cleanup up the radioactive mess at Hanford. Why would we risk adding more waste to the already contaminated soil and groundwater? I ask again that you reconsider all the impacts to our region before making a decision based on a faulty analysis. The Solid Waste Environmental Impact Statement is utterly deficient. I encourage you
to start over and provide me with complete information on all risks from importing and burying waste at Hanford. Until then, please stop burying radioactive waste in unlined soil trenches.
I would appreciate a complete response to my comments.