DOE officials to speak at town hall meeting in Richland

Tri-City HeraldApril 10, 2014 

Vit plant Hanford

Rebar and concrete walls are installed last fall at the top of the High-Level Waste Facility at the Hanford vitrification plant.

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The Department of Energy's offices of Environmental Management and River Protection will play host to a town hall meeting in Richland at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

DOE officials plan to share information on their proposal to Washington to amend the 2010 consent decree on Hanford's cleanup.

Earlier this month, state officials said they are frustrated by DOE's lack of a detailed plan and proposed a new set of deadlines to amend the decree to hold DOE accountable for Hanford environmental cleanup over the next three decades.

DOE proposes a phased approach to completing the objectives of the consent decree, including starting vitrification of tank waste as soon as possible, continuing progress on resolving technical issues with the Pretreatment and High Level Waste facilities and completing single-shell tank waste retrievals by the current 2022 deadline.

The competing proposals are underpinned by opposing philosophies on how to make sure DOE protects the environment from 56 million gallons of waste in underground tanks and treats that waste for disposal as soon as possible.

Employees and community members will be able to ask questions at the meeting. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland.

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