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Welcome to GoGreenTricities.org!

 

View the 2015 Contest Winners!

What is your green super power?

Students from kindergarten through high school submitted posters depicting what source of sustainable energy they would use to power the future.

All finalists will be placed on display inside the REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland, from 4/ 21-25. 

 

 Electrathon Rally and EV show- Sat. April 25, 10am - 2pm

 

Cheer on our local team! The Delta EV Engineering Club will be competing with 3 student-built cars.

ELECTRATHON is a type of ELECTRIC MARATHON in which the winner is determined by how far you go in a certain time with a given amount of battery power. ELECTRATHON AMERICA is a class competition or team sport that uses specific design rules to ensure safe and fair competition. ELECTRATHON AMERICA events are held around the country and is an exciting new environmentally progressive sport.

Objectives:

  • To drive electrically powered vehicles as far as possible for one hour on a closed loop course using limited electrical energy.
  • To provide a forum where skill and ingenuity may be displayed, compared and tested.
  • To improve public awareness and understanding of efficient alternative electric vehicles.
  • To create an affordable sport defined by established rules in which groups and Individuals can participate competitively and safely.

Also, come and meet  growing community of local Electric Vehiclebdrivers, as they show off their cool cars.

Location : Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Avenue, Pasco

      

What is gogreentricities.org?

Go Green Tri-Cities highlights green businesses, organizations, resources, and events in the Tri-Cities, WA. It was created using funds raised for environmentally related activities and events in the Mid-Columbia under the direction of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network. The purpose is to promote eco-friendly living by presenting options available in the area, including information on a variety of businesses that offer green products and services. Sponsors this year include City of Richland, Energy Northwest, Tri-City Herald, Bechtel, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco, Green Built/ Home Builders Assoc., TiLite, US Linen, and KURION, Inc. Read More...

This website requires regular maintenance and we rely on public input to keep the directory and calendar up-to-date. Additions or corrections can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks for your help!

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

ECO-ACTIVITIES IN APRIL- more events being added frequently

 April 1-30 All month cell phone recycling campaign, visit www.gogreentricities.org for all drop off locations.

 April 24  Arbor Day Tree Planting, Jefferson Park, noon, demo’s, plantings and more, 942-7529..

 April 25 Snake River Island Hop 50 or 100k relay, 6am, Ice Harbor Dam, http://www.rei.com/stores/kennewick.html.

April 25 Spring Cleanup Day, 8 am, Enterprise Middle School, 5200 Paradise Way, W. Richland, 509-967-0521.

April 25 Jupiter Dunes Cleanup, 8:30 am, meet at pk. lot at end of Peterson Rd. www.midnitemudders.com for info.

 April 25 Benton County Household Haz. Waste Collection, 9am-3pm, Uptown Parking Lot, SW corner, Richland.

 April 25 Electrathon Derby & Expo, 10am-2pm, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, northwest parking lot.

 April 25 Heritage Garden Tour, Free! 9am – noon, meet at Kenn. Library, RSVP, www.bentoncd.org.

 April 25 Paddle & Earth Day Cleanup, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Wye Park Boat launch, call Ted, 783-7789.

 April 25 Landscaping with Native Plants, Walla Walla, 9am-11am, Contact: 509-524-5218.

 April 25 Wildflowers and Ice-Age Erratics Hike, 9am-4pm, $60, http://visitthereach.org/2015-tours.

 April 25 Wildflower Hike, 3 miles, 10am, meet at CBC parking lot, bring lunch & H20, www.wnps.org/cbasin/.

April 25 Makerspace- KITES & PLANES, PARACHUTES...., 10:30am-2:30pm, REACH Museum, 509-943-4100.

 April 25 Farm Store & Gift Boutique Event, Benton City, 11am-4pm, Contact: Mary 509-295-7771

April 25 The Life of Trees- planetarium show, 3pm, CBC planetarium, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, 509-542-4515.

 April 26 Wildflower Walks and Education, 10am, www.friendsofbadger.org.

 April 28 2017 Hanford Budget and Cleanup Priorities Public Meeting, Richland Library, 5:50pm.

 April 29 Bike Maintenance Basics, Kennewick REI, 7:15-8:30pm, http://www.rei.com/stores/kennewick.html.

April 29 Hike Lewis & Clark Trail, 8:30am-3pm, meet at Richland Community Center,  www.ffofc.org/ 509-783-2263.

 April 29  BF Counties Bicycle Travel Workshop, 6pm-9pm, Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Rd

May 2 Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale, 9am-2pm, Library parking lot,b1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. 

May 9 Hypertufa Planter Making Class, Demo Garden, 1620 S. Union St. Kenn. Reg. by 4/30. Call 735-3551.

 

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   Public Comments Wanted:

 2015 HANFORD LIFECYCLE SCOPE, SCHEDULE AND COST REPORT

All feedback on the report needs to be submitted in writing by April 30, 2015

This is a message from the U.S. Department of Energy--

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office (RL) and the Office of River Protection (ORP) have released the 2015 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Schedule and Cost Report (Lifecycle Report). The Lifecycle Report is a milestone requirement (M-036-01) under the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, also known as the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA). The Lifecycle Report reflects the cleanup work that must be completed by both of the DOE Environmental Management Project offices (RL and ORP) under the TPA and other environmental obligations.

 The 2015 Hanford Lifecycle Report is available at www.hanford.gov on the rotating banner. 
The Lifecycle Report information reflects scope, schedule and cost status that is current as of August 31, 2014, and the costs shown have been escalated for inflation by DOE.

 Each year DOE will collect public feedback on the report.  Send comments to:

 Stephen Korenkiewicz, Lifecycle Report Project Manager
U.S. Department of Energy – Richland Operations Office
P.O. Box 550, Mailstop A5-16
Richland, WA 99352

 

 Hanford Air Permit comment period extended to May 8

Washington’s Department of Ecology is extending the comment period on proposed changes to Hanford’s Air Operating Permit (AOP) for two weeks in response to a request.  The permit ensures Hanford’s air emissions stay within safe limits that protect people and the environment. The extended comment period now runs through May 8, 2015.
Proposed Changes
The changes are to incorporate new information into the permit. 
In particular, the Washington State Department of Health has issued a new radioactive air emissions license.
Ecology is reformatting the part of the permit for toxic emission units (e.g., a stack, engine, or building) so all information for each unit is in one place.  We are also adding newly identified engines into the permit. These are diesel engines that are no longer temporary, so they must be regulated by the permit.
Two U.S. Department of Energy offices are applying jointly for the permit.  The Richland Operations Office has the lead. 
A public hearing is not scheduled, but if there is enough interest, we will consider holding one.  To ask for a hearing or for more information, contact:
Madeleine Brown
509-372-7950
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Please send comments by email (preferred), U.S. Mail, or hand deliver them by May 8 to:
Philip Gent
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You can review the proposed changes and supporting information at Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program website.
The proposal and supporting info are also at the Hanford Public Information Repositories.
 
 

 Disposal activities at central Hanford landfill

The purpose of this message is to provide advance notice of a 30-day public comment period on a proposed change to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) Record of Decision (ROD). ERDF is a large landfill in central Hanford where most of the waste generated during site cleanup activities is sent.

  As a landfill, ERDF is subject to regulations which require certain wastes be treated before being physically placed in the landfill. The proposed change would allow for treatment of long, large and/or heavy hazardous waste items after being placed in the landfill. This type of waste makes up a very small percentage of Hanford waste.

  A public comment period will begin in late May 2015 on a Proposed Plan that will discuss the proposed change to the ERDF ROD in more detail.

  For more information, you can contact the TPA agencies at: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Hanford Cleanup Line at 800-321-2008 

 

Details of draft fish consumption rule released- Washington Depart. of Ecology – NEWs, Sept. 30, 2014

Ecology expects to issue a formal draft rule in Jan. 2015 and will invite public comments.

  The WA Depart. of Ecology is making details of the preliminary draft rule available for early review.

  “The majority of our concerns about toxics come not from big pipes but from the every-day chemicals in our environment. We are working with business, local government, and tribes on a proposal to prevent the use of largely unregulated toxic chemicals the Clean Water Act cannot address,” said Gov. Inslee. “Allowing these toxics to continue exposing our children and getting into our waterways is costly to clean up and damaging to public health. Prevention is the more effective way to protect Washington’s people and environment.”

 The new preliminary draft rule proposes standards for how clean our waters need to be, and would control pollution limits for businesses and municipalities that discharge waste water. The rule contains a unique provision that no standard would allow more pollution than today’s standard, except arsenic that occurs naturally. Seventy percent of the standards would actually enhance protection by requiring cleaner water.

 Ecology’s preliminary draft rule would increase the fish consumption rate from 6.5 grams a day (about one serving a month) to 175 grams a day (about one serving a day) to better reflect current data and protect Washingtonians who eat a lot of fish. The calculation also includes a 10-5 input for the cancer risk rate, up from the previous input of 10-6.

Ecology also completed an extensive preliminary economic analysis that shows the new water quality standards would create minimal costs to industries and local governments that discharge waste water.

 Ecology’s proposal includes further clarification about flexible implementation tools that industries and local governments could use to achieve the new water quality standards.

 What this means for industries and local governments: 

·         They would not be required to clean up pollution that they didn’t cause.

·         Compliance schedules or variances could allow them to meet new standards over a specific period of time if they are demonstrating measurable progress and are on a path to meet standards as soon as possible.

 Ecology’s proposal is directly tied to a broader toxics-reduction package Gov. Inlsee will propose to the 2015 Legislature. It will address larger pollution challenges that the Clean Water Act alone can’t solve.

 Details about the preliminary draft rule can be found on Ecology’s website.