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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...
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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:
Proposed changes for air emissions from Hanford’s tank farms
Washington’s Dept. of Ecology invites you to comment. The formal name of the changes is “Approval Order for Notice of Construction,” and two separate change packages are open for public comment.
The comment periods run May 31 through July 3, 2015.
1. Rotary Core Sampling Systems for Hanford’s tank farms
The change would allow the US Department of Energy Office of River Protection (permittee) to install up to two rotary core sampling systems for Hanford’s underground tanks. The rotary core sampling systems are needed to collect samples of solid materials in the tanks so the waste can be managed more safely.
Please send comments by email (preferred), U.S. Mail, or hand deliver them by July 3 to:
2. Air Permit Changes to Begin Waste Retrieval from Hanford Tank AY-102
In support of retrieving waste from Tank AY-102, the permittee wants to remove a broken piece of equipment that is restricting air flow in the tank’s ventilation system.
The permittee also wants to add an exhauster to the space between the inner and outer tanks (annulus space). This exhauster will cool the inner tank’s outer surface and send any airborne particulates in the annulus space through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.
Two U.S. Dept. of Energy offices are applying jointly for the permit. The Richland Operations Office has the lead.
Please send comments by email (preferred), U.S. Mail, or hand deliver them by July 3 to:
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:
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.
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A public comment period will run from June 30 – August 28, 2015.
Proposed Permit Changes for Hanford’s 207-A South Retention Basin Closure Plan
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
Disposal activities at central Hanford landfill
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.
- 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
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.