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Government Information -- Public Comment Documents

Public Comment Documents in the Library

As the Hanford Site continues its environmental cleanup, the public is invited to comment on proposed activities. Occasionally, other publicly- and privately-held organizations request comments from citizens whose lives will be affected by their activities. Print copies of documents open for public review and comment can be found on the fourth floor by the map and Oregon documents collections. Microfilm documents and miscellaneous papers related to this collection are located in room 472; please contact either Bertrand Robinson (503-725-4128 or or Jean Knutson (503-725-4132 or to make an appointment.


Hanford Updates

In addition to Hanford-related documents located throughout the Library's government document and general collections, the Library maintains separate collections of items received through its role as a public information repository. Descriptions of these collections can be found in the Hanford Information Repository finding aid.

Public comment documents also can be accessed and downloaded from the and Washington Department of Ecology's websites. More information is available at the following sites: - also includes area overviews, description of current and completed activities, an event calendar, official documents, and a wealth of additional information related to the Hanford Site and its cleanup activities

Tri-Party Agreement - The U. S. Department of Energy, which operates the Hanford Site in South Central Washington State, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Washington Department of Ecology signed a comprehensive cleanup and compliance agreement on May 15, 1989. This agreement governs the cleanup activities at the Hanford Site. The Hanford website also makes available a list of modifications to this agreement that are undergoing or have undergone public comment.

Administrative Record (AR) and Public Information Repository (PIR) - provides access to the full text of official records and other publicly accessible documents.

DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Public Reading Room - contains a wealth of information accessible through its catalog and provides links to related information through its website.

Washington State Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste Program - They manage the primary permits for work done at Hanford, and provide the Hanford Information Line: 1-800-321-2008 or email:

2012 - Updating the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit (Site-Wide Permit)

The Washington Department of Ecology is preparing to reissue the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit. Permit writing and reviews are underway. Comment period opens May 1, 2012. Hearings and comments dates will be listed below

February 1, 2012 presentation on Reissue process (WDE)

Draft Documents

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Bonneville Power Administration - public comment materials

From November 13, 2012 to March 1, 2012, the Portland State Library will have the Bonneville Power Administration's draft environmental impact statement for its proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project available for review for public comment. This multi-volume set is located along the curve on the fifth floor. The draft also can be found on the Bonneville Power Administration's website at:

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