Feds and regulators to open talks on Hanford’s next budget at Richland meeting

The annual public meeting on Hanford nuclear reservation budget priorities will be Wednesday in the Tri-Cities.

The Department of Energy will provide an overview of Hanford’s current projects, and the site’s regulators — the Washington state Department of Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency — will provide their perspectives as DOE prepares its budget request for fiscal 2021.

The effect of budget decisions, cleanup priorities and any changes to cleanup objectives and decisions will be discussed.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Richland Public Library. A live webinar also is planned. Information on participating via webinar is posted at hanford.gov under May 15 on the event calendar.

Comments may be submitted in writing at the meeting. They also may be emailed to BudgetPriorities@rl.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Energy; Hanford Budget Priorities; P.O. Box 650, H1-20; Richland, WA 99352.

The public comment period runs from May 15 to June 15.