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Nuclear Waste Program

Nuclear Waste Program Speaker's Bureau

Did you know that Eastern Washington hosts the nation’s largest nuclear waste site?

The 586-square-mile Hanford Site is bordered by the Columbia River in southeastern Washington.

Plutonium for America's nuclear weapons program was made there during World War II and the Cold War.

Today, vast amounts of contamination left over from plutonium production continue to challenge state and federal agencies overseeing cleanup. Cleanup activities cost the nation billions of dollars each year. And there is still a long way to go!

It’s important for the public to understand the complexities of cleanup and why it matters. The Washington Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program can help interested citizens and students understand these challenging issues by visiting your community group, professional association, or classroom.


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Phone: 509-372-7950

Address: 3100 Port of Benton Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354



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