Hold the U.S. government responsible for cleaning up the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere: the Hanford Nuclear Site.
- Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed long-term cleanup plan for the 100-BC Area addresses 112 wastes sites and groundwater. The draft plan could leave pollution at 80 waste sites. At another 30 sites, Energy proposes to monitor radioactive decay.
- Energy’s draft 100-BC Area plan over relies on long-term institutional controls and monitored natural attenuation for over 100 years—an unreasonable plan with no tested success at Hanford. This plan leaves contaminated soil along the Columbia’s shores and allows groundwater contaminated with Hexavalent Chromium to continue to upwell into the river for 60 years, threatening endangered Chinook salmon and people who use the Hanford Reach. A wait and see approach remains an unacceptable shortcut to cleanup at Hanford.
- C Farm tank waste contains highly radioactive, chemically dangerous pollution. Some waste in C Farm tanks is likely transuranic waste, with high concentrations of long-lived, heavy radionuclides. Waste in the C Farm includes technetium-99, plutonium-239, strontium-90, cesium-137, iodine-129, multiple uranium isotopes, and many other toxic and radioactive contaminants.
- Re-labeling waste is not a cleanup plan and threatens the health and safety of people, salmon, and the Columbia
- 100-BC Area Fact Sheet
- High-Level Waste Fact Sheet
- Check out this video of the Columbia’s Hanford Reach to see why this beautiful area is worth protecting.
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Hanford is the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere. Cleanup matters.