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Welcome to GoGreenTricities.org!

 

   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!

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Up-Coming Events (for more, go to the Calendar)

Check out the event calendars for these outdoor activities groups:

More on our Community page/ outdoors recreation

Columbia Kayak Adventures: www.columbiakayakadventures.com

Desert Ski and outdoors sports club http://thedesertskiclub.weebly.com/

Friends of Badger Mountain: www.friendsofbadger.org/events

 Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges http://friendsofmcrwr.org/

Fun, Fit and Over Fifty: www.ffofc.org

 InterMountain Alpine Club: www.imacnw.org

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society: www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org

 REACH Museum tours http://visitthereach.org/2015-tours/

 Tapteal Greenway http://tapteal.org/calendar/

 

Public Comments Wanted:

 The Dept. of Ecology will lead development of Washington's plan, in partnership with the Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission, and we want to hear from you. 

 

Outdoor Container Storage

 Public comment period Aug. 3 through Sept. 18, 2015.

Ecology invites you to comment on a proposed change to Hanford’s Dangerous Waste Permit. The proposed modification is to close the FS-1 Outdoor Container Storage Area next to Trench 34 at the 218-W-5 burial ground in central Hanford.

  Why It Matters

 The FS-1 outdoor container storage area is next to Trench 34 of the Low-Level Burial Grounds in Hanford’s 200 West Area.  This storage area was never authorized for use through the Hanford Permit.  It has not stored waste since 2008.

 The Permittees have agreed through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-issued Consent Agreement and Final Order to close it.  In October 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office submitted a Class 3 permit change request to add the FS-1 Outdoor Container Storage Area closure plan to the Hanford Permit.   This comment period is the second portion of the Class 3 modification.

 A public meeting is not scheduled, but if there is enough interest, Ecology will consider holding one. To request a hearing or for more information, contact:

 Dieter Bohrmann, Department of Ecology   800-321-2008   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Permit modification

The Washington Department of Ecology is extending the public comment period on a proposed modification to the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Permit.  The comment period began on July 20 and was scheduled to end on September 4. It has been extended until September 25.  

 

 What Changes are Being Proposed?

 

The proposed changes address the Environmental Risk Assessment Work Plan for the WTP permit. In support of the risk assessment, the permittees (U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection and Bechtel National, Inc.) have submitted the final Environmental Risk Assessment Work Plan and associated supplemental documentation to Ecology for inclusion in the permit. This work plan and associated documentation will replace documents that are currently in the WTP permit. 

 

 Please see Ecology’s comment periods web page for a list of documents available for review during this comment period. For more information, see Ecology’s focus sheet.

 

 Submit comments to: Dieter Bohrmann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) 
3100 Port of Benton Blvd., Richland, WA 99354
Fax 509-372-7971

 

 A public meeting is not scheduled, but if there is enough interest, Ecology will consider holding one. To request a hearing or for more information, contact: Dieter Bohrmann  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Public%20Meeting%20Request:%20WTP%20Risk%20Assesment">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  509-372-7950

 

 Hanford Public Involvement Survey results available online

 Annually, the Tri-Party Agreement agencies (Washington Department of Ecology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Energy) evaluate the effectiveness of our public involvement activities on the Hanford Site.
 
This year, a record 169 people responded to the survey, which was open from January 7 through February 15. The survey included 24 questions to get information about things such as:
  • How people want to receive information about Hanford
  • How far in advance people would like to be notified of activities
  • The quality of public involvement activities (meetings, workshops, events, etc.)
  • The quality of Tri-Party agency notices and presentations
  • The effectiveness of meeting times and locations
  • Interest in specific Hanford topics
We appreciate the input and will look to make improvements to public involvement activities based on the feedback received. You can read the full survey results online or download a PDF.
 
Questions or comments about the survey? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Hanford cleanup line at 800-321-2008.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your TPA agency public involvement representatives:
Dieter Bohrmann (Ecology)
Emy Laija (EPA)
Kris Skopeck (USDOE)