Environmental Restoration Project
Cleaning up the Soil and Groundwater
The work-scope of the Environmental Restoration (ER) Project includes overseeing the investigation and cleanup of contaminated soil, groundwater, and ancillary (small) buildings in the 100, 200 (except tank farms), 400, and 600 Areas of the Hanford Site.
Nina Menard (509-372-7950) is the ER Project manager.
By 2024, have 10 regulatory decisions to restore groundwater to its highest beneficial use within a reasonable restoration timeframe. Ensure that technologies to restore the groundwater are operational and functional.
Characterize the nature and extent of contamination in soil, groundwater, surface water/sediment, plants, and animals. Select and implement cleanup actions for soil and groundwater that are protective of human health and the environment, that maintain protection over time, and that minimize untreated waste.
The project scope includes the closure of some inactive treatment, storage, and disposal soil waste sites in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This effort involves working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), its contractors, and EPA to ensure that the cleanup of the soil and groundwater meets the environmental regulations and requirements of Washington State.
The ER Project provides regulatory oversight and professional recommendations for cleanup in the areas of hydrogeology, engineering, management, and budget concerns. Ecology works very closely with USDOE and EPA to find the best, most cost-effective methods of cleaning up the environment.
Lastly, Ecology acts as a communication avenue and information resource for USDOE and the public. We strive to make sure that information is shared in a timely manner and to see that public concerns are regarded.
Related PublicationsColumbia River Protection Project System Plan (Rev. 5)
USDOE Fact Sheet on Hanford's River Structures and Near-Term Cleanup Plans
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