Kids Contest 2016
The Deadline has been extended to April 29.
Theme: Shine a Light on Environmental Action!
Submit photos for a chance to be featured in the REACH Interpretive Centers annual
"Postcards from the REACH" project!
Finalists win cash prizes!
Click here for 2016 information
You still have time to submit your photos for a chance to be featured in the REACH Interpretive Center's annual "Postcards from the REACH" project!
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...
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It's that time of year when we ask our friends to renew their sponsorship, and reach out to others to ask them to join us.
Without the support of our sponsors, Earth Month clean-up and education efforts would not touch the lives of our Mid-Columbia community of about 250,000 citizens. Check out the Sponsor Info below to see how you can help! Earth Month accepts donations and sponsorships through our parent organization, the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Network (SEEnet).
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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
- Native Plant society http://www.cbwnps.org/calendar/
- REACH Museum tours http://visitthereach.org/2015-tours/
- REI classes www.rei.com/stores/kennewick.html
- Tapteal Greenway http://tapteal.org/calendar/
Public Comments Wanted:
Comments do not need to be technical in nature, just voice your concerns.
1. Proposed changes to the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit
Deadline to submit comments , has been extended to May 13. 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL); 60-day comment period. These changes will add the Low-Level Burial Grounds Trenches 31-34-94, the Central Waste Complex-Waste Receiving and Processing Facility (CWC-WRAP), and the T Plant Complex (T Plant) to the Hanford Permit.
· T Plant
DOE-RL and the Washington State Department of Ecology want your feedback on these proposed modifications! Submit comments in writing, by mail, or electronically (preferred) to:
Stuart Luttrell, Washington Department of Ecology, 3100 Port of Benton Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
A meeting to discuss the proposed permit modifications and get public input is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. More information can be found on the Hanford events calendar.
Copies of the proposed permit modification and supporting documentation are available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA. Fact sheets can be found at the Hanford information repositories. Here are electronic links to the documents in the Administrative Record (These are large files, so they may take a few minutes to open):
http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/docDetail?accession=0078648H (Section 1 of 5)
http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0078647H (Section 2 of 5)
http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0078646H (Section 3 of 5)
http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0078645H (Section 4 of 5)
http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0078644H (Section 5 of 5)
This change is a Class 3 modification to the Hanford Permit, which regulates the storage, treatment, and disposal of Hanford’s dangerous waste. Class 3 modifications address changes that substantially alter a facility or its operations. All Class 3 permit changes require a public comment period and public meeting. The Washington Department of Ecology will hold a second public comment period before authorizing this Class 3 modification. The permittees’ compliance history during the life of the permit being modified is available from Ecology.
2. Groundwater Extraction and Treatment in the 200-BP-5 Area
Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis
Public comment period ends May 20, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Richland Operations Office (RL) is proposing to pump contaminated groundwater from existing extraction wells in the 200-BP-5 Operable Unit (OU), located in the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site, and treat extracted water at the 200 West Pump-and-Treat Facility.
RL prepared an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) that evaluates alternatives for the extraction and treatment of groundwater in the 200-BP-5 OU. An EE/CA identifies the objectives of the removal action and analyzes the effectiveness, implementability, and cost of various alternatives that may satisfy these objectives.
The 200-BP-5 OU contains contaminant plumes in the groundwater in the vicinity of the B Complex Area, which contains the B, BX, and BY Tank Farms. These plumes contain elevated levels of technetium‑99, uranium, and nitrate.
RL is considering two alternatives:
· Alternative 1: No Action.
· Alternative 2: Pump contaminated groundwater from existing extraction well(s) in the vicinity of the B-BX-BY Tank Farms and treat extracted water at the 200 West Pump-and-Treat Facility.
The recommended alternative for this removal action is Alternative 2. Alternative 1 does not address potential threats to human health and the environment posed by the contaminant present. Alternative 2 is an effective, implementable, and cost-effective method of treating the contaminants present in the 200-BP-5 OU.
Following the public comment period and resolution of comments received, a removal action decision is anticipated.
The RL contact for this EE/CA is Kris Holmes, 509-376-5803.
Copies of the EE/CA and supporting documentation are available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA or online: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0077225H
3. Closure of the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility at the B Plant
Submit your comments by June 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Richland Operations Office (RL) proposed a change to Hanford’s Dangerous Waste Permit to close the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility located at the B Plant.
DOE has submitted the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility Closure Plan for public comment. This closure plan has been processed as a Class 3 modification to the permit. The proposed Class 3 permit changes require a 60‐day comment period led by the permittee (DOE), and a public meeting. The comment period will be followed by an Ecology‐led 45‐day comment period on the draft permit change.
The DOE contact person for this permit change is Kristen Holmes, 509-376-5803. The Washington State Department of Ecology contact person is Stephanie Schleif, 509-372-7929. The permittees’ compliance history during the life of the permit being modified also is available from the Washington State Department of Ecology contact person.
Copies of the proposed closure plan and supporting documentation are be available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA or online at: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0077214H
Stephanie Schleif, Washington State Department of Ecology, 3100 Port of Benton Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
A public meeting will be held May 17, 5:30 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA 99352
Wanted: Witnesses in a Clean Water Act case
Columbia Riverkeeper is looking for people to be witnesses in a Clean Water Act case to stop pollution. Witnesses must be people who (1) are concerned about toxic pollution and aquatic life in the Columbia River, and (2) fish, boat, swim, hike, or do other things in or near the Columbia River between the Tri-Cities and Umatilla (or nearby). If this is you, I'd really like to talk with you about being a witness.