USDOE announces Record of Decision on Hanford tank closure and waste management

December 12, 2013 -- The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) expects the first in a series of Records of Decision (ROD) for Tank Closure and Waste Management at the Hanford Nuclear Site to appear in the Federal Register on December 13, 2013. This ROD is for the Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement for the Hanford Site, Richland, Washington, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The decision includes:

“As a cooperating agency, the Washington State Department of Ecology congratulates USDOE and its contractor for completing this comprehensive document, which will guide cleanup and waste management activities at Hanford for decades to come,” said Suzanne Dahl, Ecology’s Tank Waste Treatment Section Manager. “The state looks forward to starting work on the permitting of treatment, closure and disposal activities with a better understanding of the associated environmental risks.”

“The completion of this Record of Decision is a significant step toward achieving the cleanup mission at Hanford,” said Ken Picha, USDOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tank Waste and Nuclear Material. “We appreciate the support we received from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Agency as cooperating agencies on the environmental impact statement.”

The Hanford Site is located in southeastern Washington State along the Columbia River, and is approximately 586 square miles. From the early 1940 through 1980s, Hanford’s mission included defense-related nuclear research, development, and plutonium production for nuclear weapons. Hanford’s mission now is focused on the cleanup and closure of Hanford.

Visit USDOE's website for more information about the Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement and ROD. You may also contact Ecology with questions by emailing or calling 800-321-2008.