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Petitioning United States Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and 3 others
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Secretary Ernest Moniz
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Washington Governor

Urge Congress and the Secretary of Energy to Protect Us from Nuclear Waste Contamination

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Protect us from the dangers of leaking high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear site. Please support the construction of new nuclear waste storage tanks at Hanford.

The Hanford Nuclear Site stores 56 million gallons of deadly nuclear waste in 177 underground nuclear waste tanks – a third of which have failed, and some are currently leaking radioactive and chemical waste into the environment.  Located near the Columbia River in Eastern Washington State, most of these nuclear waste tanks are substantially beyond their anticipated life, and eventually all of them will fail. 

There is not enough room in stable double-shell nuclear waste tanks to accommodate waste from the leaking tanks.  The Waste Treatment Plant – which is supposed to be the answer to removing and immobilizing the highly radioactive tank waste -- is hopelessly behind schedule, and will not be able to start treating any tank waste unless its technical, design, and safety problems are fixed.  We cannot rely on this plant to quickly address the leaking tank issue.

We are out of time and out of space. Hanford is between a rock and a hard place, and new tanks are the only answer that makes sense to protect the environment from more leaked contamination. Oregon and Washington Governors, as well as the Hanford Advisory Board, have strongly urged Hanford to immediately build new tanks – but Congress has not acted.

Tell your representatives and the Secretary of Energy: 
Protect Us and the Environment, Build New Tanks NOW!


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Letter to
United States Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
Washington Governor
I urge you to protect us from the dangers of leaking high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear site. Please support the construction of new nuclear waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site, located on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington.

Hanford stores 56 million gallons of deadly nuclear waste in 177 underground tanks – a third of which have failed, and some of which are actively leaking toxic radioactive waste into the environment. Most of these tanks are substantially beyond their designed life, and eventually all of them will fail.

There is not enough room in currently considered “sound” tanks to accommodate the waste from the leaking tanks, which state law requires emptying.

The Waste Treatment Plant is currently the only plan for treating and stabilizing Hanford’s tank waste. This Plant is hopelessly behind schedule and will not be able to start treating any tank waste unless its technical, design and safety problems are fixed. We cannot rely on this plant to quickly address the leaking tank issue. While the government figures this out, we need to build new tanks to protect the environment from the spread of more highly toxic contamination.

We are out of time and out of space. Hanford is between a rock and a hard place, and new tanks are in urgent need. Oregon and Washington Governors, as well as the Hanford Advisory Board, have strongly urged Hanford to immediately build new tanks.

I urge you to ensure environmental remediation programs at Hanford are fully funded and given independent oversight. The safety and security of the people and environment of the Pacific Northwest rests in your hands. Support the construction of new radioactive waste tanks at Hanford and ensure that the Waste Treatment Plant problems are fully resolved so that Hanford’s tank waste can be vitrified in a more stable glass form and disposed in a deep geological repository.

The end goal of all of the money, time, and effort cleaning up the Hanford Site, is an environment that is protected from the dangers of radioactive and chemical contamination. To truly protect the environment, the high-level tank waste needs to be stabilized, the tanks need to be removed, and the leaked waste needs to be remediated and treated. Waiting for the problem to get worse is not an acceptable option; we need to start building new tanks NOW.

Thank you for considering these comments and for working to protect our environment and the health of our communities.