Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee to hold special hearing on Hanford tank leaks

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair, will hold a special hearing at 8 a.m. on Thursday to learn more about the recently reported leaks from six underground radioactive waste storage tanks at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site. The meeting will be broadcast live on TVW at www.tvw.org.

This will be an opportunity for members of the Senate to get a detailed report about what’s going on with the leaking tanks at the Hanford Site. Once we have that information we’ll have a better feel for what can be done from a legislative perspective to address the situation.

In addition to a briefing from representatives from Ecology, which oversees Hanford cleanup on the state’s behalf, a project director from Bechtel National will also give the senators an update about Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant project and plans to convert the waste now stored in underground tanks into glass that can be sent away for storage at a long-term repository.