OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Legacy of Hanford nuclear site discussed Feb. 23

02/15/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Four nuclear and environmental experts from agencies in Oregon and Washington will come to Oregon State University on Thursday, Feb. 23, to discuss the status and legacy of Hanford,   site of the largest environmental remediation and nuclear cleanup attempt in American history.

The free public lecture will take place at Gilfillan Auditorium from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Speakers are John Price and Dieter Bohrmann from the  Washington Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program, Ken Niles of the Oregon Department of Energy’s Nuclear Safety and Emergency Preparedness Division, and Max Power, chair of the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board and author of the book “America’s Nuclear Wastelands.”

The 586-square-mile Hanford site in southeastern Washington along the Columbia River was used to manufacture plutonium for America’s nuclear weapons program during World War II and the Cold War. Vast amounts of contamination left over from plutonium production continue to challenge both state and federal agencies tasked with cleaning up the site. Environmental remediation began in 1989 and continues today.

The event is sponsored by the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative.