An Open Letter to the Washington State Dept. of Ecology regarding Hanford
This being the final day to submit written comments on the DOE's plan to make Hanford the new National Nuclear Waste Dump, I wanted to once again, urge all of you to stand up and fulfill your duty of protecting the environment, the people of the Northwest, and the people of the planet...
The following letter was submitted this morning to the Washington State Dept. of Ecology and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire:
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Subject: Hanford proposal
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Date: Sun, September 30, 2012 9:58 am
An Open Letter to the Washington State Dept. of Ecology regarding Hanford
By David Griffin
30 Sep, 2012
Washington State Department of Ecology
3100 Port of Benton Blvd.
Richland, WA 99354
This being the final day to submit written comments on the DOE's plan to make Hanford the new National Nuclear Waste Dump, I wanted to once again, urge all of you to stand up and fulfill your duty of protecting the environment, the people of the Northwest, and the people of the planet.
The Hanford Reservation is among the worst possible locations on this planet for the long-term storage of radioactive waste, and the toxic by-products of the manufacture of nuclear weapons and fuel, and the reasons for this are quite easily stated.
Hanford is already the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States, and despite the Tri-Party Agreement and the assurances of many a government official over several decades, the site never has been cleaned-up and decontaminated as originally promised. To fail to live-up to the earlier promises and then bring in even more radioactive waste would be a betrayal of monumental proportions.
Hanford is sitting on a low-lying flood plain of the Columbia River, the second largest river in the United States, a flood plain composed mainly of loose, alluvial debris resulting from the Missoula Floods from thousands of years ago. During seismic events, this type of soil is highly unstable and subject to liquefaction.
It is already known that the Cascadia Subduction Zone undergoes a major slip and readjustment event every 300-350 years, with the last one occurring in 1700. The Northwest is currently due for a major seismic event, possibly as strong as 9.0 or more in which sustained rolling seismic waves will blanket the area for five minutes or more.
The U.S. Geological Survey has already discovered more extensive faulting in the underlying basalt of the region and is currently studying the situation, however their final report is not expected until August of 2013, eight months AFTER the Washington State Dept. of Ecology is to make their final determination on the DOE's proposal for Hanford.
The Columbia River, crucial to salmon spawning and many other types of fish, birds, and aquatic mammals, also dumps right into the Pacific Ocean where the Northern Pacific currents split the outflow, circulating part of it up across Canadian shores into Alaskan waters, prime Pacific fishing grounds, with the lower portion flowing down along the California coast towards Mexico, and then westward across the Pacific. Anything contaminating the Columbia is also contaminating a much, much larger area of the planet.
Although there are more, the reasons listed above should be more than enough for you to reject the U.S. Department of Energy's "proposal" to make Hanford the new National Nuclear Waste Dump. It should be quite clear to the average person that this site is very geologically unstable, and is completely unsafe for the long-term storage of radioactive waste which will remain radioactive for many hundreds of thousands of years; and it is also situated in a very ecologically sensitive and critical area as well.
That being said however, those back in D.C. have a very serious problem they are trying to find a "solution" for - the ever-increasing amounts of deadly radioactive waste. It continues, day after day, to pile-up with no long-term plan for its adequate disposal, and therein lays the REAL problem.
Obama's FY 2012 budget request which designated over $7.6 billion to programs directly related to nuclear warheads, an increase of 8.9% from the previous year; a new facility at Botts Road in Kansas City MO due to be opened soon, continued upgrades at Y-12 in Oak Ridge TN, and continuing plans to build a new $6 billion state-of-the art facility at Los Alamos are all signs of the tremendous influence the Military Industrial Complex has on the federal government; and meanwhile the U.S. media is filled with political rhetoric, war propaganda, and finger-pointing at Iran, so it's the same old story of "Don't do as we do, do as we say."
While they may argue that they are keeping all the rest of us "safe", the sad truth is that that they are actually making this planet a more dangerous and hostile place to be, and are in fact creating enemies in order to justify and support their wars.
Unfortunately, many of those in the D.C. area have proven time and again, that they are either unwilling or unable to restrain their own destructive impulses and will all likelihood continue to act according to those dictates until they are finally prevented from doing so by others.
Justice is the rightful action of the group to prevent further harm against itself by those within or without who time and again, and despite all admonitions and warnings to stop, continue to cause harm.
The needs and wants of the Military Industrial Complex do not align with, nor do they outweigh or trump the needs and wants of the other seven billion people on this planet.
I was present at the public meeting in Portland on the 16th of May, 2012, and I saw first-hand how many people showed up wanting to go on the record against this proposal including myself. I also witnessed first-hand and documented how all five of the local television stations in Portland in-concert refused to report on this meeting beforehand in order to minimize public turnout at that meeting. I am quite sure they all were merely doing as they were told and "following orders".
Those in D.C. expect you also to acquiesce to their "proposal", to sheepishly do as you are requested, and to slavishly bow-down and submit to what they want, and I believe I have a pretty good grasp of the type and amount of pressure you are under to do so.
However there will come a point in time, despite the most earnest efforts of counterintelligence to prevent it, when people en-masse will find out the truth, and they will look upon this moment as a watershed, be it either the point at which brave people stood up and said "Enough!", or the point at which those destroying the planet and everyone on it were given the green light to go ahead and continue with business as usual.
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
- Abraham Lincoln
More at: Section 5 - The War on Life http://www.upwardvectorpubs.com/50.htm
This is the final day in which written comments will be accepted on the proposed Hanford permit. You can find out more here:
Radiation: Poisoning the Planet - Part I
Radiation: Poisoning the Planet - Part II The Media Coverup
Radiation: Poisoning the Planet - Part III The Portland Meeting
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