A Washington, D.C., think tank plans a Richland meeting April 27 to discuss local and national perspectives on the disposal of defense nuclear waste and the impact of the lack of action on tribes.
The Bipartisan Policy Center invites the public to the meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Red Lion Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland.
No Tri-City or Mid-Columbia people are among the announced panelists, but the public is invited to speak at 8:30 p.m.
Invited speakers include Tom Carpenter, executive director of Seattle-based Hanford Challenge; Gerald Pollet, executive director of Seattle-based Heart of America Northwest; Ken Niles, representing the Oregon Department of Energy, and Andy Fitz, assistant attorney general for Washington State.
Mary Louise Wagner, senior adviser to the energy secretary, and representatives of the Nez Perce, Shoshone Bannock, Timbisha Shoshone and Yakama Nation tribes also are invited to speak.
The meeting is part of the policy center’s project to expand the discussion on nuclear waste and look at options for a national strategy for long-term disposition of nuclear waste.