May 15, 1996 in City

New Hanford Plan Topic Of Meeting Tonight

From Staff And Wire Reports

A new plan that could leave highly radioactive waste in Hanford’s buried tanks forever will be discussed in Spokane tonight.

U.S. Department of Energy and Washington Department of Ecology officials will explain several options in a new environmental impact statement on Hanford’s tank waste cleanup.

The proposal to leave the nuclear bomb wastes in the ground is drawing fire from environmental groups. They want Hanford to follow through with its current cleanup agreement, which calls for removing and glassifying 99 percent of the wastes.

Cost of the tank waste cleanup ranges from $7 to $250 billion, according to the new study.

A 6 p.m. workshop and 7 p.m. public hearing are at Shadle Park High School, N. 4327 Ash, in the school’s auditorium.

For more information on the draft environmental impact statement, call the toll-free Hanford Cleanup line at (800) 321-2008. Public comments will be received through May 28.

, DataTimes

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