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 Public Comments Wanted: Dept. of Ecology, Dept. of Energy, and more

Comments do not need to be technical in nature, just voice your concerns.

1. Proposed cleanup plan for groundwater and waste sites in Hanford’s 100-D/H Area

  Public Comment period July 26 through August 26, 2016

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) — Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) agencies — request your input on the Proposed Plan for the cleanup of contaminated waste sites and groundwater in the 100-D/H Area, which is located on Hanford’s River Corridor. This cleanup plan is the third of six planned decisions for the River Corridor.

 The plan proposes using a combination of technologies including pumping and treating the groundwater and excavating and disposing of contaminated soil. The Proposed Plan presents cleanup options and identifies the preferred alternative.

 To request a public meeting or for questions, contact Rich Buel, DOE-RL, (509) 376-3375. Richard.buel@rl.doe.gov 

 Please send your comments to Rich Buel, Department of Energy Richland Operations Office, at the following address: U.S Department of Energy Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550, MSIN A7-75, Richland, WA 99354

 After the public comment period, a written response to significant comments and a summary of how input affected the cleanup decision will become part of the D/H Area Record of Decision and will be available in the Administrative Record for Hanford. Copies of the Proposed Plan and supporting documentation are available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA or online at: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/pdf.cfm?accession=0075807H

 For more information, please see the fact sheet attached or at this link: http://www.hanford.gov/pageAction.cfm/calendar?&IndEventID=6671

  

2. Proposed modifications to the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit

Public Comments July 5, 2016 until September 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office is proposing a modification to the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit by adding the 324 Building Closure Plan dangerous waste management units (DWMUs).

DOE is submitting the 324 Building Closure Plan for public comment. This closure plan will be processed as a Class 2 modification to the Hanford Facility Permit, which regulates the storage, treatment and disposal of Hanford’s dangerous waste.

The proposed Class 2 permit changes require a 60‐day comment period and public meeting led by the permittee (DOE).

A public meeting will be held on August 24, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library.

The DOE contact person for this permit change is Rich Buel, 509-376-3375.

Please send your comments to Stephanie Schleif, Washington State Department of Ecology, at the following address:

Stephanie Schleif, Washington State Department of Ecology, 3100 Port of Benton Blvd, Richland, WA 99354

Email: Hanford@ecy.wa.gov  Phone: 509-372-7950

 After the public comment period, a written response to significant comments will be provided in the Administrative Record for Hanford.

The permittees’ compliance history, during the life of the permit being modified, is available from Ecology.

Copies of the permit modification request and supporting documentation are available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA.

Alternatively, the proposed closure plan and supporting documentation are available at:  http://1.usa.gov/2904nUs

 

3. Wanted: Witnesses in a Clean Water Act case

Columbia Riverkeeper is looking for people to be witnesses in a Clean Water Act case to stop pollution.  Witnesses must be people who (1) are concerned about toxic pollution and aquatic life in the Columbia River, and (2) fish, boat, swim, hike, or do other things in or near the Columbia River between the Tri-Cities and Umatilla (or nearby).  If this is you, I'd really like to talk with you about being a witness. 

Being a witness probably won't take much of your time, but it helps Riverkeeper build an air-tight legal case to reduce the amount of toxic pollution a company puts into the Columbia.
If you can help, please email or call Miles Johnson, Clean Water Attorney, Columbia Riverkeeper, 111 Third St. Hood River, OR 97031  miles@columbiariverkeeper.org 541.490.0487.