Since each tour for governmental officials, regulatory agencies, or aides requires individual planning, please contact the appropriate Department of Energy staff member listed below to discuss the Site tour that would best fit your needs.
In considering a tour, remember that the Hanford Site consists of more than 580 square miles and a majority of the facilities are located between thirty minutes and an hour from downtown Richland. There is a lot of drive time between cleanup projects, and many of the individual facilities require a good amount of time to tour. You should plan for a windshield, driving tour of Hanford tour to take a minimum of three hours, and substantially more if your group is interested in touring and hearing presentations at several projects during the same visit.
The Office of River Protection (DOE-ORP) is the agency overseeing the construction of Hanford’s Waste Treatment (Vitrification) Plant and is responsible for the storage, retrieval, treatment, and disposal of Hanford’s tank waste. For tours of only those facilities contact:
- Erik Olds, DOE-ORP Communications, at 509.372.8656
The Richland Operations Office at Hanford (DOE-RL) has the lead in coordinating a majority of Site tours. DOE-RL can arrange for Site tours involving visits to projects which are overseen by RL and ORP. For Site-wide tours contact:
- Colleen French, DOE-RL Communications, at 509.376.8230