Join Columbia Riverkeeper, Hanford Challenge, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with the Yakama Nation and Washington state, in calling on the Biden administration to rescind a dangerous nuclear-waste rule that threatens people’s health and the Columbia River.
On June 5, 2019, Energy released a new interpretation of the term “high-level nuclear waste” (HLW) under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) that would exclude some dangerous waste traditionally considered HLW from stringent storage requirements.
For over 50 years the term HLW, as statutorily defined in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA) and the NWPA, required the disposal of this most toxic and radioactive waste in deep geologic formations to protect public health. Energy’s new interpretation opens the door to disposal methods previously prohibited for HLW. The new interpretation’s likely result: less nuclear and toxic waste cleanup at Hanford.
Hanford is the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere. Cleanup matters.