The Hanford State of the Site meeting Thursday, Oct. 10, in Kennewick has been canceled because of the federal government shutdown.
It is expected to be rescheduled. No decision has been made about other State of the Site meetings Oct. 15 in Seattle, Oct. 16 in Portland and Oct. 17 in Hood River, Ore.
The last State of the Site meetings were in spring 2011 and before that in 2008, but the Hanford Advisory Board recommended a year ago that Hanford officials resume the meetings.
The meetings provide a platform for the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology to discuss progress and challenges at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
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They also allow members of the public -- and often Hanford retirees, workers and their families -- access to Hanford leaders to raise issues and ask questions.