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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.

Proposed modification to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Dangerous Waste Permit (Permit)

March 6, 2017 through May 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection (ORP) and Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) are holding a 60-day public comment period to support a proposed modification to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Dangerous Waste Permit (Permit).  This requested modification is needed to update the WTP Permit Interim Compliance Schedule to reflect the compliance dates outlined in the Amended Hanford Consent Decree between DOE and the State of Washington issued March 11, 2016.

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Revisions to Groundwater Monitoring Plans for 300 Area Process Trenches and 183-H Solar Evaporation Basins

January 23, 2017 – March 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) is holding a 60-day comment period on proposed changes to the Hanford Facility Site-wide Dangerous Waste Permit. The proposed modification changes groundwater monitoring requirements for the 300 Area Process Trenches and the 183-H Solar Evaporation Basins Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) units.

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A meeting to discuss the proposed permit modification is scheduled for:

February 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Richland Public Library
955 Northgate Drive.
Richland WA 99352


Public Involvement

Nuclear Waste Program Public Mailing Lists

Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) public events calendar


Closed Public Comment Periods

Nuclear Waste Program Publications page


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.