You can help with the clean-up effort by participating in public meetings and comment periods. Your contribution allows us to focus on the themes that are most important to you, allowing us to more effectively impose the milestones outlined in the TPA. Future opportunities for public participation are outlined in the event calendar. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell: This long-awaited agreement is good news for the health of the Columbia River and for the future of the tri-cities. This new project will increase the responsibility of the federal government`s commitments to rehabilitation, safety and timing and the transition to other productive uses for the site, such as. B a clean energy park. In May 2007, federal and regional officials began negotiations on the possibility of extending waste clean-up delays in exchange for a transfer from the centre of gravity of rehabilitation to urgent priorities such as groundwater sanitation. These talks ended in October 2007. In early 2008, it was proposed to reduce Hanford`s clean-up budget by $600 million.
Washington state officials expressed concern about budget cuts, missed deadlines and recent security breaches at the site and threatened to file a complaint, which the Department of Energy called a violation of environmental legislation.  They appeared to be withdrawing from this threat in April 2008, after a new meeting of federal and regional officials led to progress towards a provisional agreement.  Information on the approval decree and TPA amendments can be found on the Hanford Cleanup Settlement Agreement page. Summary Responses to comments from the public, sorted nations and others are available on the Hanford Tri-Party Agreement page. “Today`s agreement is an important step in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts at the Hanford site,” said STEVEN Chu, U.S. Energy Minister. “We will ensure that we make further progress in fulfilling our commitments to the State of Washington to protect the environment, the public and the Columbia River.” In 1989, the State of Washington (Dept. of Ecology), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concluded the tripartite agreement setting targets or milestones for rehabilitation.
The EPA and Ecology share regulatory oversight on the basis of CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA. RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington State Department of Economy filed a motion today in U.S. District Court, asking the court to approve and seize a court approval order imposing a new, enforceable and achievable timetable for cleaning up waste from Hanford`s underground reservoirs. The agreement also includes new milestones in the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), a management order between DOE, Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that governs the clean-up of the Hanford DEE site. U.S. SenatorPatty Murray: This agreement represents a clear path to our Hanford cleanup goals. But to achieve these goals, we must go through uniform budgets and a clear commitment to a smart clean-up policy. People in the tri-cities did everything they were asked to do.
When we needed it to protect our nation during World War II and the Cold War, they happened. And when we needed it to eliminate the contamination left behind, they reappeared. So we not only have a legal obligation to meet the milestones of rehabilitation, but we also have a moral obligation to ensure that the victims of this community are respected. We monitor compliance with clean-up operations against two federal environmental rehabilitation laws – the Rcra Act and the Superfund Act.