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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...
NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2015 RICHLAND GREEN AWARDS
For more information, call 942-7730 or visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/greenawards. Applications can be submitted online or hard copies picked up at kiosks in Richland City Hall or at the Richland Public Library. You can also request an application be mailed to you. The deadline to apply is July 27.
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Up-Coming Events (for more, go to the Calendar)
Check out the event calendars for these outdoor activities groups:
Columbia Kayak Adventures: www.columbiakayakadventures.com
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/
Summer Camps and activities for getting children outdoors: Look for the list for 2015 under the Community tab.
Children are spending more time indoors and less time outside connecting with nature. Research suggests that a lack of experiences outside in the natural world may negatively affect children's mental and physical health as well as their emotional and intellectual development.
Find out what's offered at the McNary Wildlife Refuge: http://friendsofmcrwr.org/education/mission.html
Public Comments Wanted:
Washington State to Consider Water Reuse Rule
Submit comments by Friday, Aug. 21 to the Dept. of Ecology
Ecology is developing a rule that would encourage the statewide use and production of reclaimed water to help Washington deal with water shortages. The rule would establish new regulations for all reclaimed water projects by creating an efficient, effective and consistent statewide implementation framework, including standards and permitting requirements to address the production, distribution and encourage beneficial uses of reclaimed water.
The new rule would adopt Chapter 173-219 Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and developing a supporting Manual (The Purple Book). Ecology expects to adopt this rule in late October 2015 and be effective in late November 2015.
Proposed Permit Changes for Hanford’s 207-A South Retention Basin Closure Plan
A public comment period will run from June 30 – August 28, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks a change to Hanford’s Dangerous Waste Permit to close the 207-A South Retention Basin (SRB). The basin is a concrete structure used from 1977 through 1989 to store process condensate from the 242-A Evaporator Facility. The basin has been empty since its use ended in April 1989. DOE’s closure process will include removal of the structure followed by sampling and analysis of the soil to assure that cleanup levels have been met.
DOE is submitting the 207-A SRB closure plan for public comment. This closure plan will be processed as a Class 3 modification to the permit. Class 3 permit changes call for a 60-day comment period on the proposal led by the permittee (DOE), and a public meeting. This will be followed at a later date by an Ecology-led 45-day comment period on the draft permit change.
To allow the work to be completed in this fiscal year, DOE plans to submit a Temporary Authorization request to Ecology.
The DOE contact person for this permit change is Kris Skopeck, 509-376-5803. The Department of Ecology contact person is Nina Menard, 509-372-7950.
Copies of the proposed closure plan and supporting documentation are available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA or online http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/
The permittee’s compliance history during the life of the permit being modified is available from the Washington State Department of Ecology contact person.
You can submit comments by August 28, 2015 to:
Kristen Skopeck, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550, MSIN A7-75, Richland, WA 99352
A public meeting will also be held August 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA 99352
Potential environmental effects of conveying Hanford Site land to the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC)
A public comment period will run from July 13 – August 12, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes and describes the potential environmental impacts associated with the conveyance of land at Hanford. The draft EA is available for review here: http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/EnvironmentalAssessments
The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of conveying approximately 1,641 acres of Hanford Site land to the local economic development organization, the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC). TRIDEC has requested the transfer of land located near the southeastern corner of the Hanford Site for industrial and economic development purposes. The EA analyzes the reasonably foreseeable environmental effects associated with the probable future uses of lands, including warehousing and distribution; research and development; technology manufacturing; food processing and agriculture; “back office” (i.e., business services); and energy (i.e., solar, biofuels)
An open house and public meeting will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 486 Bradley Blvd, Richland, Washington. The open house portion will be held from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. and a briefing on the draft environmental assessment including a formal comment portion will be from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Hanford Public Involvement Survey results available online
- 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