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|Event:||PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED TRI-PARTY AGREEMENT CHANGES TO PRIORITIZE ADDITIONAL CLEANUP WORK|
|Category:||Public Comment Periods|
|Event Date:||December 10, 2012 - January 24, 2013|
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) -- the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) agencies -- recently completed negotiations and are proposing changes to the TPA. These proposed changes affect several Hanford cleanup projects managed by DOE’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and prioritize an expanding scope of cleanup work. The agencies want your input on these proposed TPA changes before they are finalized. The public comment period will run from December 10, 2012 through January 24, 2013
The Hanford Site is located in southeastern Washington along the Columbia River. This 586-square-mile former plutonium production complex is currently engaged in the world’s largest environmental cleanup project overseen by DOE. Progress continues to be made cleaning up the 220-square-mile River Corridor including treating groundwater across the site to protect the Columbia River and cleaning out and demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant – Hanford’s highest risk nuclear facility. Even though cleanup is progressing, new challenges have come about including the discovery of large, deep chromium waste sites in the 100-B/C and 100-D Areas in the River Corridor and much higher radioactivity than anticipated below the 324 Building, which necessitate schedule changes for Hanford cleanup work
In addition, the agencies have agreed to pull forward the investigation of deep vadose zone contamination in the Central Plateau, due to the potential threat to groundwater.
A 45-day public comment period on proposed changes to prioritize additional cleanup work will run from December 10, 2012 through January 24, 2013. At this time, no public meeting is scheduled. To request a public meeting, please contact Tifany Nguyen by December 27, 2012. The TPA agencies would like your feedback on these draft change packages and will consider all comments before finalizing them. For more information, please contact: Tifany Nguyen, DOE-RL, 509-376-3361.
Please submit comments by January 24, 2013 to: