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Nuclear Waste Program

Nuclear Waste Program - Public Comment Periods

For more information on any of the comment periods, email 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.

Public comment period on proposed changes to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Permit, Revision 8C.

May 22, 2017 through July 7, 2017

Washington’s Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites you to comment on changes to the Hanford Facility Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit, Revision 8C. This change affects the Dangerous Waste Portion of the Treatment, Storage, and Disposal of Dangerous Waste for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP Permit). The proposed changes are located in Part III, Operating Unit 10. The proposed permit modification incorporates design information for the secondary containment within Effluent Management Facility (EMF) at the WTP Site. A detailed description the proposed modification can be found in the Statement of Basis.

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Public comment period starts today on proposed changes to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Permit

April 10, 2017 through June 9, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) is holding a 60-day public comment period to support a requested Class 2 permit modification to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Dangerous Waste Permit. This modification is requesting approval from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) to install new underground waste transfer pipelines needed to support the Direct-Feed Low Activity Waste (DFLAW) configuration for WTP operations.

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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.