More public hearings are needed on a proposal that could lead to some radioactive waste being left at the bottom of Hanford’s underground tanks, say Washington state’s U.S. senators.
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., made the request in a letter sent Thursday to the Department of Energy.
DOE responded in a statement Thursday that it is committed to an open, transparent process and will consider a technical review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and public comments before making a decision.
Federal energy officials are proposing that the remaining waste in the 16 tanks in the Hanford nuclear reservation’s C Tank Farm be classified as “waste incidental to reprocessing,” which would allow the tanks to be filled with concrete-like grout and permanently closed.
Annette Cary – Tri-City Herald – September 6, 2018.