Safety & Resilience

The Oregon Department of Energy has served as a constant voice in the Hanford site cleanup efforts.
As cleanup continues for the next several decades, Oregon ensures decisions are protective of the Columbia River. ODOE may submit letters or position papers to the U.S. Department of Energy or other partners to provide feedback and guidance on cleanup efforts.

Key Letters & Position Papers

​Date ​Topic
​March 31, 2020
Oregon comments on DOE proposal to interim stabilize three waste sites within Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant complex​
​March 20, 2020
ODOE letter to members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation expressing concerns about the potential impacts of President Trump’s proposed FY 2021 budget on the Hanford nuclear site cleanup​
​January 24, 2020
Oregon comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment for the treatment and disposal of defense waste processing wastewater at the Savannah River Site, SC ​(US DOE’s first use of its new interpretation of the definition of “High-Level Radioactive Waste”)​
​November 25, 2019
​Oregon comments on t​he Proposed Plan for the 100-BC area of Hanford’s River corridor​

​August 14, 2019 ​ODOE comments on a National Academies of Science study evaluating different treatment methods for Hanford tank waste.  (NAS Supplemental LAW study)
​​May 22, 2019 ​ODOE comments on management of uranium and technetium groundwater plumes in Hanford’s 200Areas. (Proposed Plan for BP-5)
​April 4, 2019 ODOE comments on the 2019 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Cost and Schedule Report​
​April 2, 2019 ODOE comments on treatability studies assessment for Hanford’s deep vadose zone
​December 28, 2018 ODOE comments on USDOE proposal for new definition of “high-level radioactive waste.”​
​October 17, 2018 ​ODOE presentation on U.S. Department of Energy proposal to reclassify high-level waste at Hanford.​ (See official, submitted public comments below.)
​October 4, 2018 ODOE comments to USDOE on its Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR) Evaluation and Performance Assessment for Waste Management Area C​.
​July 2, 2018 Comments on proposed Tri-Party Agreement milestones related to moving Hanford’s cesium and strontium capsules to dry storage, which Oregon favors occurring sooner than the proposed milestone of 2025.
​June 25, 2018 Oregon request for a 60-day extension to submit comments on the Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (Draft WIR) for Closure of Waste Management Area C. (Extension granted)
​April 17, 2018 Oregon input on the independent assessment of technology development efforts within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
​January 29,​ 2018 Request to Ecology and U.S. Department of Energy to consult with Oregon and the public on the status of Tri-Party Agreement tank waste treatment negotiations.​ 
January 24, 201​8 ​​​Oregon encourages Hanford Tri-Parties to accelerate movement of cesium and strontium capsules to dry storage.

2017 Key Letters & Position Papers
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