A public meeting is planned for 5:30 p.m. July 30 to discuss the environmental assessment for unneeded Hanford land to be used for economic development, as well as to collect public comment.
An open house starts at 5 p.m., before the formal meeting at the Hampton Inn, 486 Bradley Blvd. in Richland.
The Department of Energy’s recent environmental review found nothing to be a dealbreaker for the land transfer, according to the Tri-City Development Council.
TRIDEC requested 1,341 acres in May 2011 and another 300 acres was added nearby where Energy Northwest has proposed a solar farm.
Former Rep. Doc Hastings got federal legislation passed in December that requires DOE to transfer the two parcels by the end of September.
The Hanford Comprehensive Land Use Plan calls for most of the land at the 586-square-mile nuclear reservation to be used for preservation or conservation as environmental cleanup is completed. About 10 percent of the land is planned for industrial use.
DOE found a few locations in the area that it is not ready to give up. But it is still considered a “mega site” in industrial terms because it has at least 500 contiguous acres available.
The land could attract a major manufacturer, Gary Petersen, TRIDEC vice president for Hanford affairs, has said.