Hanford: Transporting Nuclear Waste Through the Gorge

March 12th Event

Join Columbia Riverkeeper and Friends of the Columbia Gorge for a community discussion about Hanford: Transporting Nuclear Waste Through the Gorge on Tuesday, March 12th at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Bingen, Washington.



DATE: Tuesday, March 12th

TIME: 6:00pm

LOCATION: Solstice Wood Fire Cafe (415 W Steuben Street (Hwy14), Bingen, WA 98605)

ADMISSION: $5 (The admission fee includes pizza & salad. Drinks are not included.)

*RSVP is requested. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Theresa Labriola, Riverkeeper’s Hanford Coordinator, at 541.490.2411 or theresa@columbiariverkeeper.org.


A nuclear submarine reactor compartment is transported by barge to Hanford for disposal.

A nuclear submarine reactor compartment is transported by barge to Hanford for disposal.

Currently, there is a moratorium on most, but not all, shipments of low-level and mixed-level nuclear waste to the Hanford Nuclear Site. Even so, in 2011, twenty-seven shipments of radioactive material were transported on Interstate 84, through the Columbia River Gorge. These shipments included waste from hospitals, nuclear power plants, industries, universities and the Navy destined for disposal or treatment at Hanford. This number could increase through northeast Oregon, but probably not the Gorge, if the Department of Energy follows through with plans to dispose of significant amounts of the nation’s low-level and mixed low-level waste at Hanford.

But, transport of nuclear waste upstream to Hanford isn’t the only threat to our communities. Hanford is the most contaminated site in the western hemisphere, and contaminants such as chromium, strontium, uranium, and iodine-129 leach into the Columbia River. The import of additional nuclear waste to Hanford could exacerbate the negative impacts to human health and the Columbia River.

We will let you know what we are doing to stop the transport of new nuclear waste and other hazardous materials through our communities to Hanford, and what you can do to help. 

 Ken Niles, Administrator of the Oregon Department of Energy’s Nuclear Safety and Energy Emergency Preparedness Division will join us. Ken manages Oregon’s involvement in cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Site, the safe transport of radioactive materials through Oregon, and emergency preparedness in the event of a nuclear accident.

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