Oregon Hanford cleanup board meetings April 3-4

The Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board will meet April 3-4 at the Hampton Suites in Hood River, 1 Nichols Parkway. This meeting was originally scheduled for January but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The board, which gathers three times a year, provides policy advice to Oregon’s Governor and the legislature on issues regarding cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in southeast Washington. At the two-day public meeting, the board will:

Receive an update from U.S. Department of Energy Richland Manager Doug Shoop about the cleanup priorities over the next several years.

Get an update on the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant.

Hear about the complete retrieval of waste from double shell tank AY-102, which was found to be leaking from its inner shell several years ago.

The public will have an opportunity to comment to the board both days. A full meeting agenda is on the Oregon Department of Energy’s website.

For the last 25 years, Hanford has been the site of the world’s largest environmental cleanup program.

The board strives to protect the Columbia River and Oregon from possible contamination from the Hanford site. 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. ODOE serves as staff to the board.

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