Hanford Risk Review Project

View Overview Presentation Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project Interim Report

The Risk Review Project focus at Hanford is to conduct an independent, Site-wide evaluation of human health, nuclear safety, environmental and cultural resource risks associated with existing hazards, environmental contamination and remaining cleanup activities.

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requested CRESP to conduct a site-wide evaluation of human health and environmental risks and impacts at Hanford.

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Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project Interim Progress Report

The Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP) has completed the Interim Progress Report for the Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project. All those interested in the Hanford cleanup are invited and encouraged to submit written comments.

The interim progress report provides the results of the first set of 25 evaluations completed for risks and impacts to human health and resources at Hanford Site. A total of approximately 60 evaluations are to be completed for the Project. The interim progress report also contains observations that have emerged from Project work completed to date. A Webinar was presented on September 3 2015 to provide an overview of the Interim report. The presentation is provided below.

 September 3 2015 Webinar PresentationThe Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project Interim Report Overview (PDF)  Audio Presentation

Interim Report – Executive Summary (16 pp., 4 MB)* DOWNLOAD
Interim Report – Main report body (272 pp., 32 MB)* DOWNLOAD
Interim Report – Main Report and Appendices (1,969 pp., 55 MB)* DOWNLOAD

*Files are very large and may take several minutes to download depending on the speed of the internet connection.

FINAL Methodology for the Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project

In order to help ensure potential risks and impacts are consistently evaluated, CRESP is using a scientifically sound methodology to conduct the Risk Review Project. A draft of the methodology was tested using pilot cases and made available to the public and independent experts for comment (September 4 2014, Revision A). The DOE, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and State of Washington Departments of Ecology and Health also provided input. More than 300 comments were received, reviewed and carefully considered. The draft was revised based on comments and input received, lessons learned from the pilot case studies conducted to test the draft methodology, and other information reviewed. The final methodology (August 31 2015 Revision 0) was submitted to the DOE, EPA, and State of Washington on August 31, 2015 and is considered a public document.

FINAL Methodology – Executive Summary (7 pp., 0.2 MB) DOWNLOAD
FINAL Methodology – Full report with appendices (333 pp., 32 MB)* DOWNLOAD

*Files are very large and may take several minutes to download depending on the speed of the internet connection.

Overview of Revisions made to the Methodology (Revision A September 4 2014) for the Hanford Site-wide Risk Review Project

Written comments were solicited on the draft methodology (Revision A) and over 300 comments were received. Independent experts also provided input. For a brief comparison between the draft and the final methodology, including a list of comments made (without attribution), refer to the Overview of Revisions Made to the Methodology Rev A, Sept. 2014. Revisions were made based on comments received, lessons learned from pilot case studies, and input received from the Core Team agencies. The final methodology was submitted on August 31, 2015.

Overview of Revisions Made to the Methodology Rev A, Sept. 2014 DOWNLOAD
DRAFT Methodology Revision A, September 4 2014 (46MB)* DOWNLOAD

*Files are very large and may take several minutes to download depending on the speed of the internet connection.

Goal

The primary goal of the Hanford Risk Review Project is to identify and characterize current and future risks and impacts to the public, workers and the environment from sources at Hanford including:

  • prior contamination
  • operating facilities
  • waste disposal sites
  • decommissioning of facilities

The results of the Risk Review Project are intended to provide the DOE, regulators, tribal nations, and the public with a more comprehensive understanding of the remaining cleanup at the Hanford Site to help inform (1) decisions on sequencing of future cleanup activities, and (2) selection, planning and execution of specific cleanup actions, including which areas at the Hanford Site should be addressed earlier for additional characterization, analysis, and remediation.

In order to help ensure potential risks and impacts are consistently evaluated, CRESP is using a scientifically sound methodology to conduct the Risk Review Project. This methodology is outlined in the project description. Complete Project Description

Risk Review Core Team

Interior of Treatment Facility

A Core Team, led by CRESP, consists of senior management from:

  • DOE-EM
  • Office of River Protection (ORP)
  • Richland (RL)
  • Washington State
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides research and other assistance in a supporting role to CRESP during the Risk Review Project. The Core Team’s function is to oversee the development and execution of the Risk Review Project.

Public and Stakeholder Participation

To ensure that information known to and views of all interested parties, including the public, are fully understood and taken into account, CRESP will consult with tribal nations and also will provide the public, stakeholders, and local, state, and federal entities opportunities to provide input during the risk review.

Comments and Questions
Comments will be solicited at specific points during the review. However, questions or comments may be submitted via this website at any time.

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