Get Informed about Hanford
Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement [TPA])
The agreement between the Washington State Department of Ecology, the
Environmental Protection Agency, and the U. S. Department of Energy that sets
the schedule for
cleaning up Hanford.
U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), Hanford
Federal agency that owns
the Hanford site and manages cleanup.
Private companies contracted by USDOE to
perform Hanford cleanup.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hanford Project Office
Federal regulator of Hanford cleanup. They have delegated
and Recovery Act duties at Hanford to Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program.
Washington State Department of
Ecology (Ecology), Nuclear Waste Program
State regulator for Hanford cleanup.
Hanford Advisory Board
An independent, non-partisan, and broadly representative body whose mission
is to provide recommendations and advice about Hanford cleanup to USDOE, EPA, and Ecology.
The Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council (NRTC)
A collaborative working group chartered to address natural resources impacted
by releases of hazardous substances at Hanford.
A non-profit organization that educates the public, hosts public meetings,
and offers other opportunities for public involvement in Hanford cleanup.
A non-profit organization that protects whistleblowers,
promotes discovery of common ground among traditional opponents, conducts
environmental sampling, and generates creative resolutions and collaborative
opportunities for improving Hanford cleanup.
An inter-governmental cooperative of
representatives from Benton and Franklin counties, the Port of Benton, and the
cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland. The organization provides unified
advice to the USDOE about Hanford cleanup issues and promotes
public education and involvement.
A student-organized technical communications project by Washington State
University Tri-Cities, created in partnership with the Department of
Ecology. Our underlying mission is to provide high school and college
students the opportunity to learn more about the Hanford Site, and to create
lasting interest and awareness of Hanford among these students.
This non-profit organization's mission is to educate the public on Hanford
cleanup issues and to increase public participation in the Hanford
decision-making process. They manage the Hanford Yahoo! Group email list for discussing
issues related to Hanford cleanup. It is open to anyone interested in the
Heart of America Northwest (HOANW)
A non-profit Hanford
watchdog group dedicated to cleaning up radioactive pollution at Hanford.
Their members and attorneys strive to hold government agencies accountable to the
Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), Nuclear Safety Division
This Oregon State office is responsible for:
- Technical review of Hanford cleanup and assessment of potential impacts
on Oregon and the Columbia River
- The safe transport of radioactive material in and through
- Staffing the
- Emergency preparedness for a nuclear accident at Hanford or
at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant
- Informing the public about Hanford issues
- Representing Oregon on the
Resources Trustee Council, which seeks to avoid damage to
natural resources during Hanford cleanup.
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)
A non-profit group guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
mission is to engage the community to create a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world.
They created the
Washington Nuclear Museum and Educational Center that provides
curriculum and hosts the traveling exhibit
Particles on the Wall.
Washington State Department of Health, Division of Radiation Protection
The state's radiation control
agency is made up of seven sections, covering many areas of radiation
Waste Management: Licenses and inspects the U.S. Ecology Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Disposal site, a major waste processor and
decontamination facility, and two uranium mines/mills.
Radioactive Materials: Licenses and inspects facilities where
radioactive materials are used. They have authority at all facilities
except the Hanford reservation and a few other sites under federal
Registers and inspects all x-ray machines and accelerators in
Emissions and Defense Wastes: Responsible for licensing and inspecting
all sources of radioactive air emissions in the state including the
Hanford Site. Any facility using radioactive material falls under their
Environmental Radiation: Responsible for assessing levels of radiation
in the environment and ensuring the safety of the public. Much of the work
involves, but is not limited to the Hanford Site, the Nuclear Power Plant,
and the Navy facilities.
Emergency Preparedness Section: Directs the Department's response by
coordinating all actions taken to protect the public from radiation