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1995 Hanford environmental report availableh

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October 09, 1996 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Hanford Site environmental report for 1995 has been released. The report summarizes information on environmental monitoring and environmental management activities conducted on and around the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state.

The environmental report is prepared annually for the U.S. Department of Energy by the contractors on the Hanford Site and describes programs conducted in 1995 by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (research and development contractor), Westinghouse Hanford Company (management and operations contractor), and Bechtel Hanford Incorporated (the environmental restoration contractor).

The report discusses the collection and analysis of thousands of environmental samples taken from the Hanford Site and within an 80-kilometer (50-mile) radius. These include samples of air emissions, liquid effluents, ground water, surface water, wildlife, soils, vegetation, and food and farm products. Additionally, the report assesses the status of Hanford's compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

According to the report, in 1995, a person living close to Hanford and eating food grown locally would have received a radiation dose of less than one millirem from Hanford sources compared to the public protection standard of 100 millirem. The dose is a small fraction of the national annual per capita dose of 300 millirem individuals receive from natural sources of radioactivity.

A summary version of the 1995 environmental report is also available. Both the full report and the summary version can be accessed via the Internet at http://www.pnl.gov/hanford_envrpt95/. The documents are being distributed to regional libraries and the Department of Energy's Public Reading Room in Richland.

For additional information concerning these documents, contact Bill Hanf at (509) 376-8264.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Operations, Emissions

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