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Hanford Tunnel cave-in photo May 9th 2017 Hanford gov
These nuclear clean-up sites need to be handled either by non-profits/not-for-profits or directly by government. There is no room for profit in nuclear waste. Every penny needs to be for clean-up and securing waste. If every penny were for clean-up and securing waste or if the charges were fair, would there be a budget short-fall? Maybe not. If so it would be smaller and almost certainly be due to better quality waste clean-up/storage. Energy Solutions, owned by Trump fundraiser-large donor Doug Kimmelman, is a site contractor, as is the French State via AREVA. Why is France making a profit off of US waste?

Whoever was responsible for the old plutonium PUREX waste tunnels was apparently too cheap to put ground movement sensors, which should not cost much, and would have warned prior to collapse. This suggests that the taxpayer’s pocketbook and public health are suffering a rip-off.
See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/radioactive-waste-filled-tunnel-near-hanford-plutonium-uranium-extraction-plant-reported-collapsed-today/

Tunnel Full of Plutonium Waste Collapses so they backfilled and put a tarp? Incredibly that is what happened.

HANFORD: After President Trump’s Hanford Budget Proposal Comes up Short, Sen. Murray Successfully Secures A Nearly $200 Million Increase for Nuclear Waste Cleanup in Senate Bill
Jul 20 2017 Sen. Murray: “It is critically important the federal government makes good on its moral and legal obligation to workers and families in the Tri-Cities and across Washington state”

Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Bill also includes investments supporting PNNL and Army Corps projects across Washington

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced she has secured $195.7 million in additional federal funding critical to nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford, despite the Trump Administration’s attempt to cut investments in the proposed budget released in May. The Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which cleared a Senate committee today, includes $826.2 million for Richland Operations, which has more work to do on several high-risk cleanup projects along the Columbia River and on the Central Plateau of Hanford, and $1.59 billion for the Office of River Protection, which has a clear and demonstrated need for additional investments to support removing and treating tank waste. After passing the Senate Committee on Appropriations today, the legislation now moves to the full Senate.

“I’m very encouraged to see my Senate colleagues join me today in rejecting President Trump’s proposed budget, which was short-sighted and in no way reflected the true needs of the Hanford cleanup mission,” Sen. Murray said. “I will continue to fight for investments in Hanford cleanup as long as it takes, because it is critically important the federal government makes good on its moral and legal obligation to workers and families in the Tri-Cities and across Washington state.”

Last month in a Senate hearing, Sen. Murray questioned Energy Secretary Rick Perry on how the Administration could propose cuts and still be able to meet the Federal government’s legally binding cleanup commitments to the State of Washington and the Tri-Cities community (Watch the video/read more here.https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/6/video-in-senate-hearing-sen-murray-pushes-energy-sec-perry-on-devastating-cuts-to-vital-hanford-cleanup-in-president-trump-s-budget)

In addition to Hanford funding, Sen. Murray also fought to ensure the bill:
* Increased investments in the scientific and energy research and development important to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), significantly restoring Trump Administration funding cuts which could negatively affect more than 1,000 science and engineering jobs at PNNL;
* Prevented the President’s proposal to privatize portions of the Bonneville Power Administration; and
* Increased investments for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support our navigation systems, which are essential to the economic security and health of communities across Washington state.
Highlights of the FY 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill:
* $2.416 billion for nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford
* $826.192 million for Richland Operations, $110 million more than the President’s budget proposal
* $1.59 billion for Office of River Protection, $85.689 more than President’s budget proposal
* $5.55 billion for Department of Energy’s Office of Science (supports 10 national laboratories, including PNNL)
* $633 million for Biological and Environmental Research, supports the Environmental MolecularSciences Laboratory and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement User Facility at PNNL. These scientific user facilities provide access to unique, state of the art equipment for more than 1,650 users annually.
* $213 million for Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, supports research and development at PNNL, Washington State University, utilities, and industry in the Northwest.
* $1.936 billion for Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, ($1.3 billion above President’s budget proposal); supports research and development efforts at PNNL, WSU, University of Washington, and more.
* $6.17 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ($1.16 billion above President’s budget proposal)
* $51 million to support small ports, including the Ports of Bellingham, Ilwaco, Chinook, Skagit, and more
* $50 million to support donor and energy transfer ports, including the Northwest Seaport Alliance

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Richland Operations Office


Office of River Protection


French state owned AREVA and Energy Solutions, owned by Trump fundraiser-large donor Doug Kimmelman, are site contractors: “The operation of maintaining the underground waste storage tanks at Hanford falls under the jurisdiction of Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS).  This organization is responsible for retrieving, treating, storing, and ultimately disposing of the approximately 53,000,000 gallons of nuclear and chemical waste stored in these tanks at the Site.  Washington River Protection Solutions is a joint venture between URS Corporation and Energy Solutions, with AREVA as the primary subcontractor“.
http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/WRPS URS now belongs to AECOM.

60-Day Comment Period on the Class 2 Permit Modification for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities
Public Comment Periods
Event Date:
Notice of 60-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Class 2 Permit Modifications to the Unit Descriptions and Closure Activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment to support proposed Class 2 Permit modifications to the unit descriptions and closure activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. A public meeting to discuss these modifications will be held on July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library.
These modifications will add a path to clean closure, which would allow for unrestricted use of the land in the future, per Washington Administrative Code 173-303-610(2) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-303-610

The 1301-N and 1325-N facilities were used for liquid waste disposal from N-Reactor, a reactor that was used during the Cold War for plutonium production, and operated from 1963 through 1987. The facilities also received dangerous waste generated from laboratories and may have received waste from spills within the N-Reactor Building.

The proposed modifications are currently available for review at the Hanford Administrative Record Public Information Repository located at 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA, and at the Hanford Public Information Repository locations listed on the attached fact sheet.  You can also view them online: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0071096H
The 60-day comment period runs from June 5 to August 4, 2017.
Please submit comments by August 4, 2017, in writing, by mail or electronically to:
Washington Department of Ecology
3100 Port of Benton Boulevard
Richland, WA 99354
or electronically: http://wt.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=WjtBV
For questions please contact Randy Bradbury, Washington Department of Ecology, 509.372.7954.
Public Meeting Information
When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA
Public Meeting Presentation
A webinar has been set up to accommodate those who may not be able to attend the public meeting in person. Visit the webinar link and enter the ID number below to register prior to the meeting.
Registration URL
Webinar ID:  264-953-779 ” http://www.hanford.gov/pageAction.cfm/calendar?&IndEventID=8086