Committee says FFTF decision can’t be put off any longer

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Tri-City Herald – April 10, 1999
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson should not let the Fast Flux Test Facility linger in standby, eating up tax dollars, a committee has advised. That could mean doing a less than full environmental impact statement, which would take two years.

The Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee sent a letter dated Wednesday to Richardson, with its advice on the future of FFTF, an experimental reactor built north of Richland in the 1970s as part of the nation’s breeder-reactor program. A subcommittee pointed out “there is some strong public opposition to FFTF restart.” Although the restart has been popular in the Mid-Columbia, environmentalists and some lawmakers want Hanford to stick to cleanup work. (more)

Hanford’s FFTF to get long-awaited decision
The Spokesman-Review (AP) – April 5, 1999
U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has said he will decide in April whether to shut down the Fast Flux Test Facility or order an environmental review, which would be used in deciding if the reactor should be restarted for a new task. He also could decide to keep FFTF on standby indefinitely, at a cost of roughly $40 million annually.

One mission being considered for the reactor is producing medical isotopes, but other missions would also be required to make running the reactor financially feasible. All missions would generate more nuclear waste.

Three members of the Northwest congressional delegation — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Reps. Brian Baird and Adam Smith, both D-Wash — are urging Richardson to end the standby and shut down FFTF for good. They raise concerns about the possibility of future defense missions that could add nuclear waste at the already heavily contaminated site. “This issue has dragged on far too long,” the lawmakers wrote to Richardson last week. “I think there should be laser-like focus on cleanup rather than taking on more problems,” Wyden says. (more)

DOE letter airs concerns on K Basins
Tri-City Herald — April 8, 1999
A high-ranking Department of Energy official voiced qualms about whether Hanford’s K Basins project is on track in a recent letter. James Owendoff, DOE’s acting assistant secretary for environmental management, sent a March 29 letter to California-based Fluor Daniel Inc. president James Stein over concerns on how Fluor Daniel Hanford and subcontractor DE&S; Hanford are managing the spent fuel project. Owendoff’s letter said: “It is critical that the best personnel be brought to bear … to achieve a successful outcome. We do not believe that this has yet been achieved or that a satisfactory team is currently in place.”

Fluor and DE&S; Hanford – usually called Duke – are supposed to move 2,300 tons of corroding spent nuclear fuel from the swimming pool like K Basins near the Columbia River to a safer underground vault in central Hanford. Movement is supposed to begin November 2000 and finish in 2003. The K Basins project has been plagued with budget increases and delays. In late 1996, the project had a $814 million price tag with a 2001 completion date. Now, the expanded project has a $1.59 billion cost estimate, a 2003 movement completion date, and a 2005 deadline to remove radioactive sludges from the basins. (more)

Schedule Progress for the Hanford Spent Nuclear Fuel Project
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board – March 25, 1999
On September 11, 1998, the Board transmitted a list of near-term schedule milestones for use in monitoring the project’s performance in meeting schedule objectives. [These would be DNFSB milestones, not Tri-Party Agreement milestones.] The project completed approximately 60 percent of these milestones early or on time, as discussed in more detail in the enclosed issue report. However, difficulties in resolving technical issues and managing procurement activities continue to result in missed or delayed milestones. Continued schedule delays and management changes raise doubt as to whether timely completion of the SNFP can be ensured. (more)

Hanford Tank Waste Project — Schedule, Cost, and Management Issues
General Accounting Office – October 8, 1998
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) revised contracting approach for its Hanford Tank Waste Project, foc