Monday, October 30, 2006

Hanford: Triparties Confront Groundwater Unknowns, Seek More Time

An interesting article in the Tri-City Herald, about a push by the EPA, Ecology and Energy to come to grips with what they don't know about groundwater contamination at Hanford.

Tri-City Herald -- By Annette Cary

"Methods to learn more about the extent, type and location of contamination will include taking samples from wells or bore holes. In addition, measurements of the resistance of electricity as it moves through the soil will be use. The new deadline for identifying technologies that can then be used to clean up contamination deep in the soil would be Dec. 31, 2007, under the proposed new milestones. The new milestones also further integrate the schedule for decisions on soil cleanup and ground water cleanup, allowing them to be made at the same time. Public comment will be accepted on the proposed Tri-Party Agreement changes through Dec. 7. Send comments to Briant Charboneau, DOE, Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550 (A-6-33), Richland, WA 99352, or e-mail For a copy of the proposed changes, call 1-800-321-2008."