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SALEM - The Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board (Board) will meet in Hood River on Monday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 19.
The Board provides policy advice to Oregon’s Governor and Legislature on a wide range of issues regarding cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in southeast Washington just north of Oregon’s border. Part of the Board’s mission is to protect the Columbia River and Oregon from possible contamination.
For more than 40 years, the federal government used Hanford to produce plutonium for America’s nuclear weapons program. That process creates huge amounts of radioactive and chemically hazardous wastes, Now, Hanford is home to the world’s largest environmental cleanup project – a project that will continue for the next 40 years.
On Monday, the Board will receive an overview of progress on cleanup of nuclear waste sites along the Columbia River. Cleanup efforts in recent years have focused along the river shoreline, with the goal to complete cleanup along the river by the end of 2015. The U.S. Department of Energy will also begin a discussion with the Board on possible alternatives for dealing with more than 40 miles of nuclear waste burial trenches at the Hanford site.
Tuesday’s agenda includes an update on the construction of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant – a multi-billion dollar facility that will immobilize Hanford’s most hazardous wastes. There will also be a discussion on technical issues that still need to be resolved before that facility is completed and begins operation.
On Monday the Board will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hood River Best Western in the Riverview Room, 1108 East Marina Way. The meeting will continue Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Port of Hood River Boardroom, 1000 East Port Marina Drive. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled at the end of each day.
The Board is composed of citizens, a representative of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a representative of the Governor, state agency representatives and state legislators. Oregon Department of Energy serves as staff to the Board.
For an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations, call 503-378-4040, TTY 1-800-735-2900, or fax 503-373-7806. For more information, call 1-800-221-8035 (toll-free in Oregon) or check the Web site at www.oregon.gov/energy
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