There is opportunity at Hanford for a number of different land uses. The central parts of Hanford (mostly in the 200 areas) that are contaminated and will contain waste from cleanup projects such as the large landfill, the empty tank shells, the entombed reactors, naval reactor core storage, entombed canyon buildings and certain other sites should remain monitored and restricted in perpetuity. Fortunately this will consist of a relatively small part of the whole area of Hanford.
Portions of the 300 area and other selected parts of Hanford can be used for industrial, research and energy production purposes. This leaves several hundred square miles that is best used as a nature reserve with opportunity for public access. These areas are relatively untouched and undeveloped due to the access restrictions since WWII. Not only does Hanford have a remarkable elk herd as well as recently discovered endemic species of plants but a variety of other animals and plants typical of shrub-steppe.
Protection of the natural values remaining on a large portion of Hanford can be handled in a number of ways including expansion of the Hanford Reach National Monument or via designation as an area of special natural value.
-- MELVIN ADAMS, Richland