The Hanford Speakers Bureau is a regional outreach program. Its goal is to provide timely and accurate information about the Hanford Site and to foster a dialogue with local, regional, statewide, and national audiences.
The Hanford Site sits adjacent to the Columbia River in Southeastern Washington State and for over 40 years was the primary producer of plutonium for national defense. When production of plutonium ceased at the end of the Cold War in 1989, a new chapter of environmental cleanup began. This latest chapter at Hanford is one of thousands of employees demolishing facilities, digging up contaminated debris and soil, remediating contaminated groundwater, building a treatment plant to isolate millions of gallons of tank waste, and placing former plutonium production reactors in a safe storage state until they are removed from the landscape.
In 2017, more than 2,100 people, including students, business professionals and citizens from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, participated in a Hanford Site Speakers Bureau presentation. Experienced and knowledgeable Department of Energy and Hanford contractor representatives shared the Hanford story during presentations at civic organizations, academic institutions, professional organizations and middle and high schools.
Speakers can present on any or all of the following:
- Hanford’s role in the Manhattan Project (1943-1946) and Cold War (1945-1989)
- Nearly 30 years of cleanup, efforts to develop and implement innovative technologies to achieve cleanup
- The Waste Treatment Plant, a multi-billion-dollar project that will treat and dispose of 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks at the Hanford Site
- The various strategies for cleaning up the 580-square-mile Hanford Site
Speakers can travel throughout the Pacific Northwest addressing diverse audiences from chambers of commerce, rotary clubs, academic institutions, professional organizations and even K-12 students.
Contact the Hanford Speakers Bureau at 509.376.5713 Or Email: HSB@rl.gov
MSA External Affairs
Attention Speakers Bureau Coordinator
P.O. Box 650, MSIN H1-31
Richland, WA 99352