Tribal Affairs is staffed by officials with the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office. Since each tour for tribal leaders is different and requires individual planning, please contact the Department of Energy staff members 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:
- Carrie Meyer, DOE-ORP Communications, at 509.372.0810
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:
Jill Conrad, DOE-RL Communications, at 509.376.0288, or
Kim Ballinger, DOE-RL Communications, at 509.376.6332