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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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Up-Coming Events (for more, go to the Calendar)
For local, homemade crafts see this list of Holiday Bazaars:
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
Northwest Power Plan meeting
Deadline to submit comments: Dec. 18, 2015
This proposed plan for the NW power system relies heavily on increasing energy efficiency and use of existing natural gas-fired power plants to offset coal-fired power plants. See the GGTC calendar, Nov. 13, for more info. The plan is posted at www.nwcouncil.org. A link is provided there to submit public comments until Dec. 18.
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. In addition, public meetings to discuss the proposed changes will be held on:
November 17, 7:00 p.m., Seattle – Univ. of WA Horticulture Center, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105
November 18, 7:00 p.m., Portland – Marriot (Waterfront) 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR
November 19, 6:00 p.m., Hood River – Best Western 1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031
(Doors will open 30 minutes before each meeting)
For more information please contact Kristen Skopeck, DOE-RL, (509) 376-5803.
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