SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will host two public information meetings in Portland and Hood River later this month about the transport of radioactive materials in Oregon. Oregonians have frequently raised concerns about the topic during public meetings related to the Hanford nuclear site cleanup, prompting the department to schedule these meetings.
Four- to five-hundred radioactive material shipments travel through the state each year, requiring significant planning and coordination from a variety of state agencies. For the past 30 years, ODOE has managed the state’s radioactive material transport program in cooperation with agencies such as Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Health Authority.
Ken Niles, ODOE’s nuclear safety and emergency preparedness division administrator, will be the speaker. Niles, who has 20 years experience in the area, says the meetings will be informative and interactive.
“We’re looking forward to addressing questions and concerns about this issue,” says Ken Niles.
At each meeting, Niles plans to provide information on the potential new radioactive waste streams coming to Hanford and show photos of a variety of shipping containers and route maps.
Niles will also present current information on:
• Number of shipments;
• Types of materials being transported;
• Routes being used; and
• Prospects for shipments in the future.
ODOE has scheduled the meetings for:
Wednesday, Aug. 15
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Doubletree Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah Idaho Room
Portland, OR 97212
*Hotel parking is free for participants
Wednesday, Aug. 22
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Best Western Inn
1108 E Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97301
For more information about radioactive material transport, please visit the ODOE website at www.Oregon.gov/energy/NUCSAF.
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