Join Columbia Riverkeeper to hold the U.S. government responsible for cleaning up the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere: the Hanford Nuclear Site.
Dear U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology:
I support a thorough cleanup that protects people, fish, and clean water. The U.S. Department of Energy (Energy) must pursue cleanup plans at Hanford that protect all people that rely on the Columbia River. In 2020, Energy must:
- Issue a new cleanup plan for the River Corridor’s 100-BC Area. Energy’s 2019 draft plan shortcuts cleanup near the river—an area containing some of the most radioactive and toxic pollution at Hanford.
- Abandon plans to re-label high-level radioactive waste left in Hanford’s C Farm tanks—located close to the Columbia River—as “low-level” waste. Energy must classify tank waste based on its dangerous nature—not Energy’s failure to develop plans to dispose of the waste.
I am deeply concerned by Energy’s failure to meet mandatory cleanup deadlines and develop robust cleanup plans. I urge Energy to prioritize public health, clean water, and strong salmon runs. Today I raise my hand for Hanford cleanup!
Add your voice to the growing number of people holding the U.S. government accountable for decades of nuclear-waste pollution.