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As part of our work to ensure the complete and timely cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site, we review and critique cleanup and restoration plans. We write comment letters detailing our analysis, publish articles and blog posts, and prepare fact sheets to help others understand the plans and how to protect the Columbia River. By clicking on the underlined links on this page, you can view and download our work.
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Hanford & the River describes the history of nuclear waste production and the impact on the Columbia River. It surveys the pollution problems, current cleanup actions, plans to import more radioactive waste, and ways that you can help promote a safe Columbia River. It seeks to answer some of the most pressing questions:
- Is Hanford nuclear waste polluting the Columbia River?
- What are the human health impacts?
- Why is the cleanup taking so long, and when will it be done?
- How did Washington end up with the nation’s most polluted site?
- What can we do about it and how can I get involved?
This supplemental booklet to the Hanford & the River book includes updated versions of the following fact sheets:
- What’s Underground at Hanford?
- What’s in Your River?
- What’s in Your Fish?
Riverkeeper Attends the Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Blog post – Jan 29, 2016
Take Action for Hanford Cleanup: Major Delays Proposed for Hanford Cleanup
Blog Post – Nov 25, 2015
Dr Terrill, Hanford cleanup advocate, just completed a 225-mile peace walk from Portland to Hanford
Blog Post – Oct 30, 2015
New Tool Gives Citizen Scientists and Inside Look at Hanford’s Waste
River Currents Newsletter, 2015 Issue 3
Riverkeeper Member Walks from Portland to Hanford to Raise Awareness about Nuclear Weapons Legacy
Blog Post – Sept 30, 2015
Hanford Reach Paddle Trip 2015 Photos
Facebook Photo Album – July 28, 2015
The Hanford Reach National Monument: A Paradox In Nature
River Currents Newsletter, 2015 Issue 2
Protect Our River From Nuclear Waste: Take Action Today – Public Service Announcements
Blog Post – June 24, 2015
Attention Hanford Citizen Scientists
Blog Post – May 29, 2015
Hanford Cleanup, 2014 in Review: A Challenging Year for the Department of Energy
River Currents Newsletter, 2015 Issue 1
What’s Underground at Hanford
River Currents Newsletter, Winter 2014
Riverkeeper Challenges Pollution Permit
Blog Post – November 25, 2014
Radioactive Waste Cleanup Deadlines at Hanford
Blog Post – October 22, 2014
Hanford Cleanup Critique
Blog Post – August 13, 2014
Hanford Radiation and Leaking LNG Tanks: A Day in the Life of a Riverkeeper
River Currents Newsletter, Summer 2014
Riverkeeper and Allies Demand Prompt Action on a Generations-Long Problem
Blog Post – April 18, 2014
What’s in the Hanford Reach
River Currents Newsletter, Spring 2014
State Orders Action from Energy on Leaking Double-Shell Tank at Hanford
Blog Post – March 25, 2014
Hanford Cleanup Plans Fall Short
Blog Post – December 2013
One Leaking Tank is Too Many
Blog Post – November 2013
Hundreds Call for More Aggressive Hanford Cleanup
Blog Post – October 2013
New Radioactive Leaks from Hanford Tanks: Do We Have a Backup Plan?
River Currents Newsletter, Winter 2013
Fall Chinook Salmon Reach Hanford in Record Numbers
River Currents Newsletter, Fall 2013
A storybook of kayaking, canoeing, and paddling the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River
Blog Post – September 2013
Meet a Hanford Watchdog
River Currents Newsletter, Summer 2013
Hanford’s Leaking Tanks Infographic
River Currents Newsletter, Spring 2013
Nuclear Power Proposed for Nuclear Clean-Up at Hanford
Blog post – August 2012
Agencies Host Hanford River Corridor Workshops
Blog post – June 2012
Developing a Pipeline While Leaving Uranium in Soil
Blog post – March 2012
Energy Plans to Leave Plutonium in the Soil & Limit River Cleanup
Blog post – January 2012
Learn about Department of Energy’s latest proposal to clean up radioactive and toxic chemical waste near the Columbia River. (June 2014)
The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and WA’s Department of Ecology held a series of town hall meetings to discuss the current cleanup progress at Hanford. (April 2014)
Learn about the plan that decides how much and how long uranium and other dangerous pollutants will threaten the Columbia River. (August 2013)
On May 31, 2011, the Tri-City Development Council, in cooperation with the City of Richland, Benton County, and the Port of Benton, requested roughly 1,641 acres of the Hanford Site. (May 2013)
A critique of the Department of Energy’s 2015 Vision which misleads the public and decision makers about the extent of cleanup in the River Corridor. (January 2013)
Ecology’s “Site-Wide Dangerous Waste Permit” is the state of Washington’s primary tool for establishing the basic rules for clean-up of toxic waste at Hanford. (May 2012)
Discover how the pollution from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation threatens salmon populations. (May 2011)
The U.S. Department of Energy, WA State Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are proposing changes to the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), the document that lays out the deadlines for the cleanup effort at Hanford. These TPA changes are substantial and include delaying cleanup plans of the Central Plateau for more than a decade in some cases. Riverkeeper believes these delays are unacceptable. (February 2016)
The U.S. Department of Energy (Energy) commissioned the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) to complete “a comprehensive review” of the Hanford site for the “purpose of developing a summary level catalog and classification of risks and impacts to human health and resources.” Unfortunately, the report often strays from its core purpose and advocates for more limited cleanup of Hanford’s contamination. Riverkeeper is concerned that this report severely understates some risks, misrepresents others, and presents an analysis that may be used to justify a less rigorous cleanup at Hanford. (October 2015)
Riverkeeper has significant concerns about the U.S. Department of Energy’s most recent proposed cleanup plan for over 2500 acres of polluted groundwater and soil near the Columbia River. Energy’s plan relies heavily on monitored natural attenuation (a wait-and-see approach) and uses institutional controls (signs and fences to limit area access) to address radioactive and toxic pollution. Not only will this plan leave large amounts of hazardous waste in soil and groundwater for decades, but it could also set a precedent for how Energy approaches important decisions for cleanup at Hanford in the future. This plan is not protective of the Columbia River, human health and the environment. (August 2014)
Despite the need to intercept radioactive and chemical waste in the groundwater before it reaches the Columbia River, Energy’s proposed 2014 and 2015 budget shortchanges Hanford’s critical groundwater treatment program. The groundwater program will receive only half of the funds necessary to reach cleanup milestones. Just 6 percent of the proposed Hanford budget of $2.2 billion is targeted toward groundwater cleanup. (June 2013)
Riverkeeper remains concerned that the changes to the Tri-Party Agreement will prompt delays in cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site, specifically the River Corridor and that the Department of Energy is failing to adequately fund necessary cleanup activities. (January 2013)
Imagine spending a day exploring Hanford’s unique landscapes, including the Hanford Dunes, viewing the wildlife of Hanford’s undisturbed shrub-steppe habitat, and fishing in the free-flowing Hanford Reach. Seventy years of nuclear contamination have scarred Hanford and damaged many of these recreational opportunities and natural resources. But now, a group of federal, state and tribal representatives – the Hanford Trustees – are taking the first steps towards restoration. Let the Trustees know that recreation is an important resource that you want to see restored at Hanford. (January 2012)
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is re-issuing a permit that allows the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy) to dump millions of gallons of maintenance and construction wastewater, cooling water, condensate, and industrial stormwater onto the ground at Hanford on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this permit—called the “Miscellaneous Streams Permit”—may not adequately protect the Columbia River and Hanford’s already-contaminated groundwater. (January 2013)
Learn more about Hanford’s nuclear legacy, the Department of Energy’s responsibility to remove the contamination and what other government agencies and nonprofits are doing to protect northwest communities and the Columbia River from contamination.