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Nuclear Waste Program - Public Comment Periods

For more information on any of the comment periods, email hanford@ecy.wa.gov 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.


Update:  This comment period has been extended until September 8, 2017

Public Comment Period on Proposed Class 2 Permit Modifications to the Unit Descriptions and Closure Activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities

June 5, 2017 through August 4, 2017 September 8, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment to support Class 2 Permit Modifications to closure activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities. Public comments are accepted from June 5 through August 4 September 8, 2017.

These modifications will add a path to clean closure, which would allow for unrestricted use of the land in the future, per Washington Administrative Code 173-303-610(2) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-303-610

The 1301-N and 1325-N facilities were used for liquid waste disposal from N-Reactor, a reactor that was used during the Cold War for plutonium production, and operated from 1963 through 1987. The facilities also received dangerous waste generated from laboratories and may have received waste from spills within the N-Reactor Building.

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Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to the Hanford Dangerous Waste Permit for the Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System

July 17, 2017 through September 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection (ORP) and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) are holding a 60-day public comment period on a proposed modification to the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit to incorporate the Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System (LAWPS) Facility as a new Operating Unit Group. This proposed modification is required for construction and operation of the LAWPS Facility in support of the Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) Program.

The public comment period runs from July 17 through September 15, 2017, with a public meeting scheduled for August 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive). The meeting will also be accessible via webinar. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/910784138266585602

The proposed modification and supporting documentation are available for review online at http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0069263H

Submit comments on the proposed permit modification by September 15, 2017:
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Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to the Hanford WTP Dangerous Waste Permit

July 3, 2017 through September 1, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) and Bechtel National, Inc. are holding a 60-day public comment period on a proposed modification to the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Dangerous Waste Permit. This proposed permit change provides the operating permit information and draft conditions to support WTP Analytical Laboratory Operations.

The public comment period runs from July 3 through September 1, 2017, with a public meeting scheduled for August 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive). The meeting will also be accessible via webinar. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7109688858667678722

The proposed modification and supporting documentation are available for review online at http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0069383H

Submit comments on the proposed WTP Permit modification by September 1, 2017:
Submit comments electronically

Public Comment Period on Proposed modifications to the Hanford 242-A Evaporator chapter of the Hanford Dangerous Waste Permit

June 26, 2017 through September 1, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) are holding a 60-day public comment period on proposed modifications to the Hanford 242 A Evaporator chapter of the Hanford Dangerous Waste Permit. This modification involves changes to the Part A Form, Preparedness and Prevention Requirements, and Contingency Plan. This change is needed to support waste management activities and remove a diesel generator that is no longer needed.

The public comment period runs from June 26 through September 1, 2017, with a public meeting scheduled for July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive). The meeting will also be accessible via webinar. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/880422224177150466

The proposed modification and supporting documentation are available for review online at http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0069671H

Submit comments electronically

Public Comment Period on Proposed modifications to the Hanford Liquid Effluent Retention Facility (LERF) and 200 Area Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) Permit

June 26, 2017 through September 1, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (DOE-ORP) and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) are holding a 60-day public comment period on proposed modifications to the Hanford Liquid Effluent Retention Facility (LERF) and 200 Area Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) Permit. This Class 2 modification is needed to add two container storage areas, address closure of two tanks, as well as to reformat and add a new monitoring well to the LERF Groundwater Monitoring Plan.

The public comment period runs from June 26 through September 1, 2017, with a public meeting scheduled for July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library (955 Northgate Drive). The meeting will also be accessible via webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8280075005970079490

The proposed modification and supporting documentation are available for review online at http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0069670H

Submit comments electronically

Public Comment Period on Proposed Class 2 Permit Modifications to the Unit Descriptions and Closure Activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities

June 5, 2017 through August 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment to support proposed Class 2 Permit modifications to the unit descriptions and closure activities for the 1301-N and 1325-N Liquid Waste Disposal Facilities at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. A public meeting to discuss these modifications will be held on July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library.

These modifications will add a path to clean closure, which would allow for unrestricted use of the land in the future, per Washington Administrative Code 173-303-610(2) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-303-610

The 1301-N and 1325-N facilities were used for liquid waste disposal from N-Reactor, a reactor that was used during the Cold War for plutonium production, and operated from 1963 through 1987. The facilities also received dangerous waste generated from laboratories and may have received waste from spills within the N-Reactor Building.

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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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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.