Kathleen Flenniken’s guest column [“Make Hanford part of a Manhattan Project District national park,” Opinion, July 4] regarding the possible preservation of the Hanford Project under the auspices of the National Park Service leaves me with a profound sense of ambiguity. I affirm both the desire to forget what happened there and the need…More
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Think smarter and focus limited resources wisely
I greatly appreciate the piece by guest columnist John Robinson, which put the issue of leaking tanks of high-level radioactive wastes at Hanford in perspective [“Hanford leaks: an unwarranted fear,” Opinion, Nov. 27].
I am not surprised by his conclusions, and I appreciate their credibility. I have pondered the leaks, and even the scenario of all tanks leaking completely. I thought the impact to the Columbia River and risks to humans would be very low, but I didn’t have the information to evaluate beyond the pondering level.
Back in 1994, I had commented to the Department of Ecology about a proposed cleanup plan for the N-Spring Seeps at Hanford. Essentially, I asked questions related to what were the risks and received the reply that no risk assessment was done.
A modest win-win proposal
Brian M. Rosenthal’s report about former Attorney General Rob McKenna’s lobbying gig on behalf of Montana and North Dakota coal interests raises several issues [On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional,” Online, Nov. 21].
It’s a modest win-win proposal that might help the coal dust, acid rain and diesel particulates go down a little easier on the Washington state end of the business and help avoid infringing on the rights of Montana and North Dakota citizens to mine and move their coal.
Safely store nuclear materials before it’s too late I appreciate that reporter Sandi Doughton is drawing attention to earthquake risks, but some structures on earthquake faults have radioactive contents — the Columbia Generating Station (CGS) and the nuclear waste tanks at Hanford; the Trident submarine-based nuclear weapons just northwest of Bremerton. Tons of nuclear material are…More
Problem will be more complex, costly if ignored We greatly appreciate the editorial “Keep Hanford a priority” [Opinion, March 11], especially with regard to the tanks that are leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility has several unique education programs aimed at keeping the spotlight on the Hanford cleanup. Hazardous…More
Cleanup is urgent, should be fully funded I am a current student at the University of Washington and after studying the effects of nuclear weapons and radioactive waste this quarter in my anthropology class I wanted to voice my opinion about the recent budget cuts at Hanford. I find the recent budget cuts at Hanford disturbing
An atomic bomb was built faster There is a historical irony in that the Manhattan Project netted us an A-bomb in less than three years, but it is taking the Department of Energy decade upon fruitless decade and wasted billions to resolve the disposition of nuclear waste at Hanford [“Treatment plant at Hanford won’t be…More