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Nuclear Waste Program - Public Comment Periods

For more information on any of the comment periods, email hanford@ecy.wa.gov or call Ecology at 509-372-7950. In addition to what's available on our website, documents open for public comment are available at the Hanford Information Repositories.

Ecology keeps information on closed comment periods available for historical purposes and to provide access to our responses to comments, which are also always available on the Nuclear Waste Program Publications page.


Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Dangerous Waste Permit Public Comment Period Notification

November 6, 2017 through January 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) and Bechtel National, Inc. are holding a 60-day public comment period on a proposed modification to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Dangerous Waste Permit. This Class 2 modification is requesting approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to install new Dangerous Waste Permit-regulated, non-critical ancillary equipment such as pipelines, valves, and inline components at the WTP Effluent Management Facility. This ancillary equipment is identical to equipment that has already been installed in WTP facilities to-date.

The comment period runs from November 6, 2017 through January 5, 2018, with a public meeting scheduled for December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive).  The meeting will also be accessible via webinar. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8977303919678100994. (Webinar ID: 720-694-219).

The proposed modification and supporting documentation are available for review online at http://www.hanford.gov/pageaction.cfm/calendar?IndEventId=8533, and at Hanford Administrative Record and Public Information Repositories located in Richland, Seattle, Spokane and Portland. Copies can also be reviewed in person at the Hanford Administrative Record Public Information Repository located at 2440 Stevens Drive in Richland.

Submit comments on the proposed permit modification by: January 5, 2018

CLICK HERE to submit comments electronically

Questions? Please contact Dieter Bohrmann, ORP, at Dieter_G_Bohrmann@orp.doe.gov.



Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Permit Interim Compliance Schedule Public Comment Period Notification

September 28 - November 13, 2017

The Washington State Department of Ecology is providing notification of a 45-day public comment period starting September 28, 2017, regarding proposed modifications to the Interim Compliance Schedule for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Permit. The permittee(s) are the U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection and Bechtel National, Inc. The WTP is located on the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington. The plant will immobilize in glass 56 million gallons of dangerous radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground storage tanks at Hanford.

What Changes are Being Proposed?

This modification is the second portion of a Class 3 permit modification (8C.2017.3D) and focuses on proposed modifications to the Interim Compliance Schedule for the WTP Permit. The proposed Interim Compliance Schedule has been revised to align the dates with the final Consent Decree filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington (Case 2:08-CV-5085 - RMP, Document 222) on March 11, 2016. The permittees held a public comment period for the first portion of the Class 3 modification from March 6 through May 5, 2017, with a public meeting held March 30. Ecology is proposing additional modifications to the Interim Compliance Schedule and to permit conditions following the first comment period.

 

Submit comments on the proposed permit modification by: November 13, 2017

CLICK HERE to submit comments electronically (preferred)

To mail or hand-deliver, or for more information, contact:
Dan McDonald
3100 Port of Benton Blvd.
Richland, WA 99354
509-372-7950

Click the links below for more information about the permit. 

 

To request a public hearing

A public hearing is not scheduled, but if there is enough interest, we will consider holding one. To request a hearing or for more information, contact:
Daina McFadden
Hanford@ecy.wa.gov
(509) 372-7950

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Why it Matters

At the Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program, we work to make sure Hanford’s cleanup follows our state’s regulations to protect our air, land, water, and citizens.

It is important that permit conditions are accurate and allow compliance with the regulations. We invite you to comment on this permit modification before we make our decision.