Kids Contest 2016 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!
Submission Deadline is Friday, April 15th, 2016
Finalists to Be Announced on Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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...
Sponsor Mid-Columbia Earth Month through SEEnet
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)
Environmental Action Fair and Planetarium Show-
Thank you everyone for participating or attending. It was a sell-out crowd for the first show!
Let's do it again next year!
Jan. 16, 2016
In conjunction with the showing of two movies, Dynamic Earth and Oasis in Space, over ten local, non-profit environmental groups will be on-hand to talk to the public to show what they are doing in the community. The public is invited to ask question and find out how to get more involved in our local environment. For more info see the January 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/
- 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.
See the requests below from the EPA, Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Ecology, and TPA
Proposed changes that affect cleanup schedules on Hanford's Central Plateau and 300 Area
The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL), Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) agencies – are proposing changes to the TPA. These proposed changes affect the schedule for completing investigation and cleanup work on the Hanford Central Plateau and in the 300 Area.
The proposed changes set new dates for completing work on the Central Plateau that is identified in the M-015, M-016, M-037, M-085, and M-094 milestone series. These milestone series deal with completing investigation of Central Plateau waste sites, issuing cleanup decisions, implementing cleanup decisions for waste sites and canyon facilities, completing cleanup of specified units, and completing cleanup of the 300 Area facilities. For more information on these milestones and proposed changes, please see the attached fact sheet and addendum. Also, full versions of the TPA change packages documenting the proposed changes are available at: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0079726H
The agencies want your feedback on these proposed milestone changes before they are finalized and have extended the public comment period. You can provide input during the public comment period being held Oct. 26 through January 15, 2016. For more information please contact Kristen Skopeck, DOE-RL, (509) 376-5803.
Proposed modifications related to the Hanford Dangerous Waste Site-wide Permit
Deadline to submit comments , February 13, 2016
- The other comment period is for proposed changes to the Part II Permit Conditions of the Hanford Site-wide Permit. One permit condition is being modified to correct a regulatory citation to define a resource protection well. Another permit condition is being added to change the due date for the U.S. Department of Energy to submit to Ecology the Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report. For a summary of the proposed changes, please see our Focus Sheet.
Proposed changes to the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit
Deadline to submit comments , April 8, 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.