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DOE Sec. Richardson still undecided on FFTF reactor shutdown/restart…. Tri-City Herald says we’re cold-hearted…. Terrorists could attack Rocky Flats, nuke-dust Denver, Midwest, East Coast…. Nuke waste shipping program is a “mess”…. Nuclear industry gave members of Congress $15.5 million in 1997, 98….DOE missing 5,000 pounds of plutonium…. Pyro reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel studied…. Depleted uranium bullets leave dust radioactive for 4.5 billion years.

RICHARDSON STILL UNDECIDED ON FFTF AS DEADLINE LOOMS Tri-City Herald – April 30, 1999 With a self-imposed deadline looming, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson still was trying to decide Thursday the fate of the Fast Flux Test Facility at Hanford. Richardson had said earlier he would make a decision by today, but that could slip into next week as the secretary faces increasing questions about Chinese espionage activities at the nation’s nuclear weapons labs.

Although most of Washington state’s congressional delegation and Gov. Gary Locke have recommended Richardson authorize the environmental impact study, Washington Democratic Reps. Adam Smith and Brian Baird joined Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden calling for the permanent shutdown of the reactor. A month ago the department’s Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee recommended to Richardson, on a sharply divided vote, that an environmental study be completed. [An EIS could take up to two years. It costs about $40 million a year to keep the reactor in hot standby.] http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/1999/0430.html#anchor596559

RICHARDSON MAY LIKE PLAYING BALL THE VOLPENTEST WAY Tri-City Herald editorial – April 25, 1999 DOE Sec. Richardson offered a positive take on the split decision of the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee’s 11-8 decision on recommending an environmental impact statement on FFTF. Although many in the Tri-Cities were dismayed at the decision being that close, Richardson pointed out such a divergence of opinion was actually an excellent argument for conducting the EIS. He said it made it clear there is a need for a thorough, open investigation of all the factors involved in a restart, and an environmental impact statement would be the best way to resolve the matter.

In the Tri-Cities, there is a huge amount of support for the environmental impact statement. Most here believe the FFTF’s excellent record, its value as a national resource and its potential to make medical isotopes to help in the fight against cancer make restart highly desirable. And many Tri-Citians see criticisms of FFTF by anti-nuclear and anti-Hanford activists as unfair, inaccurate and perhaps, a bit cold-hearted. They got that right. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/OPINION/0425.html#anchor596187

CDC TO DISCUSS THYROID STUDY The Spokesman-Review — April 30, 1999 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in Spokane next week to discuss the controversial results of its $18 million study of thyroid disease among Hanford downwinders. The draft report, released Jan. 28, found no link between the estimated thyroid dose from Hanford’s Cold War emissions of radioactive Iodine-131 and the amount of thyroid disease among 3,441 people exposed as children to Hanford’s releases.

The release of the nine-year study triggered a storm of criticism because it made sweeping conclusions about the health of Hanford downwinders before it was subjected to scientific peer review by the National Academy of Sciences. The CDC has modified its earlier assertions that the Hanford I-131 releases caused no harm to downwinders. “Although no link between estimated I-131 radiation dose and the amount of thyroid disease was identified within the study population, the study results do not prove that a link does not exist,” the CDC said.

The agency is accepting written comments on the Hanford study until July 1. Comments should be sent to: CDC, Radiation Studies Branch (attn: HTDS), MS-F-35; 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30341. http://www.spokane.net/news-story.asp?date=043099&ID;=s568569&cat;=section.Spokane

HANFORD EFFORTS HELP CREATE DIVERSE ECONOMY, DOE SAYS Tri-City Herald — April 24, 1999 Job increases can be linked to the growth of BNFL Inc. — which is technically not part of DOE’s Hanford budget and calculations because the federal government won’t pay BNFL until its proposed waste glassification plants are operating in a few years. Also, there are new people at Hanford science facilities. Most of the predicted job increases – an estimated 1,250 – are linked to new Tri-City businesses and expansions, the report concluded.

The study also looked briefly at fiscal year 2000 and beyond. “The diversification of the local economy remains on track,” it said, “but the challenges remain. As Hanford downsizing continues, the core Hanford budget is expected to continue to decline, slowly eliminating a major component of the … area’s economic base.”

In 1997, Hanford directly or indirectly accounted for 36 percent of the area’s jobs and 67 percent of the wages. That’s 30,300 of 84,800 jobs, and $1.49 billion of $2.24 billion in wages. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/1999/0424.html#anchor596559

HANFORD WORKERS STUDIED FOR BERYLLIUM DISEASE CRESP’s Worker Health and Safety Task Group has determined that workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation may be at risk from exposure to beryllium used to seal fuel rods for the reactors that produced plutonium. Although significant beryllium exposure was thought to have been eliminated by the 1950’s through redesign of manufacturing processes, recent research suggests even extremely low doses from clean-up activities may pose risks at Hanford http://www.cresp.org/

NUCLEAR WASTE TO TRAVEL ACROSS STATE Yahoo News – April 27, 1999 After more than a decade of legal battles, nuclear waste is expected to cross Utah’s border as early as today. It will be the first of many shipments to a nuclear storage site in New Mexico. [WIPP] The materials come from the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The materials will travel through Utah southward on Interstate-15 past Ogden before traveling through Weber Canyon into Evanston. Bill Sinclair, the Director of the State Division of Radiation Control, says Utah has trained nearly one-thousand people to handle any potential accident involving the trucks. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/local/state/utah/story.html?s=v/rs/19990427/ut/index_1.html#1

NUCLEAR WASTE SHIPMENT WILL PASS THROUGH WYOMING Billings Gazette (AP) – April 27, 1999 In addition to the 8,918 shipments expected from Idaho, another 16,844 might eventually be headed through Wyoming from a site in Hanford, Wash. The New Mexico dump is expected