The feds are withholding key information about cleanup at the most polluted place on Earth: Hanford. We support Ecology's decision to fine the Dept. of Energy for withholding crucial data.
The feds are withholding key information about cleanup at the most polluted place on Earth: Hanford.
We support Ecology's decision to fine the Dept. of Energy for withholding crucial data.
"We share Ecology's deep concern about Energy's lack of transparency. Energy seeks to shortcut cleanup close to the Columbia River, and Energy has proposed to reclassify and abandon high-level waste at Hanford,” says Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper. “It's profoundly troubling to see the federal government withholding key information from Washington state - information that is vital to ensure the protection of Washington's residents from one of the most contaminated places on Earth."
According to Ecology’s Final Determination, Energy’s withholding of access to critical data, which the law requires them to provide, impacts Ecology’s ability to provide adequate oversight of Hanford cleanup. Some of the withheld information includes access to waste designation records and double shell tank visual and ultrasonic testing reports, all of which provides Ecology with valuable insight into the toxic, radioactive pollution at Hanford that affects people, animals, and the environment.
Hanford is the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere