In May 2007, closed-door negotiations were initiated on the possibility of extending the legal deadlines for cleaning up waste glazing to ensure that cleaning focuses on urgent priorities such as groundwater rehabilitation. These discussions took place in October 2007. In early 2008, a $600 million reduction was proposed in Hanford`s redevelopment budget. Washington state officials have expressed concern about budget cuts, as well as missed deadlines and recent security breaches at the site, and threatened to file a complaint claiming the Department of Energy was violating environmental laws.  They appeared to be withdrawing from this threat in April 2008, following a new meeting of federal and state officials that made progress toward an interim agreement.  We monitor compliance with two federal environmental cleansing laws – RCRA and superfund law. The TPA defines and evaluates the clean-up obligations of both laws and provides standards on which we measure Hanford`s work to determine whether it was done correctly and on time. Once the clean-up operations are completed, Energy is required to provide us with evidence to confirm that the work complies with the terms of the agreement. We then share adjustment status updates and announce when milestones and rules have been met. U.S.
Senator Maria Cantwell: This long-awaited agreement is good news for the health of the Columbia River and for the future of tri-cities. This new project will provide greater accountability for the federal government`s hanford clean-up commitments, provide greater scheduling security, and accelerate the transition to other productive uses for the site, such as. B a clean energy park. Information on the TPA approval order and amendments can be found on the Hanford Cleanup Settlement Agreement page. Summary responses to comments received by the public, tribal nations and others can be found on Hanford`s tri-party page. “Today`s agreement marks an important milestone in the ongoing cleanup at the Hanford site,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “This will ensure our continued progress as we work towards our commitments to Washington State to protect the environment, the public and the Columbia River.” The U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington Department of State (Ecology) today jointly filed a petition with the U.S. District Court asking the Court to approve and pass a judicial approval order that imposes a new, enforceable and accessible timeline for cleaning up waste from Hanford`s underground reservoirs.
The comparison also includes new milestones in the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), an administrative order between DOE, Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates cleanup at the Hanford doe site. You can help with the cleanup by participating in public meetings and comment sessions. Your input allows us to focus on the topics that are most important to you, allowing us to more effectively enforce the milestones outlined in the TPA. Imminent opportunities for public participation are listed in the TPA calendar of events. . . .