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BILL WOULD GIVE OREGON MORE SAY OVER CLEANUP OF HANFORD WASTE
The Spokesman-Review — June 9, 1999
Oregon would get as much say as Washington state in directing the
cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, under a bill introduced
Tuesday by two Oregon lawmakers. The bill by Rep. Peter DeFazio and
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., would add Oregon as a fourth party to the
so-called “Tri-Party Agreement” that governs the cleanup effort. The
agreement involves the Department of Energy, the Environmental
Protection Agency and state of Washington.

While Oregon is asked for advice and guidance on Hanford issues, the
state’s advice is sometimes ignored, said Mike Grainey, assistant
director for Oregon’s energy office. The DeFazio-Walden bill for the
first time would give Oregon a true say in the cleanup, he said.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, also endorsed the proposal.
“Oregon has as much at stake in the cleanup of Hanford as
Washington,” he said in a statement.
http://www.spokane.net/news-story.asp?date=060999&ID;=s591377&cat;=secti
on.Environment

ACTION ALERT – Please e-mail your Representative and ask him or her to
cosponsor this bill — H.R. 2052 – and work for its passage. Also
please ask Senators Wyden and Smith to introduce similar legislation
in the Senate. Legislators’ e-mail links are in the left column on
the Hanford Watch web site homepage. Thanks.
Lynn Porter, Hanford Watch

 

PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
House of Representatives — June 8, 1999
By Mr. DeFAZIO (for himself and Mr. Walden of Oregon):
H.R. 2052. A bill to provide the State of Oregon with a role in
decisions made on environmental restoration and waste management at
the Department of Energy’s Hanford Reservation; to the Committee on
Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a
period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of
the committee concerned.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/C?r106:./temp/~r106kjTFlo

 

CLEANUP PACT WORKS WELL WITHOUT OREGON
Tri-City Herald editorial — June 11, 1999
Oregon’s efforts to crash the Tri-Party Agreement concerning Hanford
cleanup are unnecessary and could actually hinder a process that has
been working well through its first 10 years. If Oregon’s interests
were different than Washington’s, DeFazio and Walden’s proposal might
have some merit. But they are the same — safe, effective cleanup —
so adding another regulator would be redundant and not helpful. Oregon
certainly does have an interest in Hanford cleanup’s success, and
that’s why its representatives are included on the Hanford Advisory
Board, which holds many of its meetings in Oregon. And the interests
of Oregon and other nearby states are represented through the federal
agencies.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/OPINION/0611.html#anchor596187

Comment: There is certainly an overlap between Oregon and
Washington’s Hanford interests – both states want Hanford cleaned up.
But there are also large differences. Washington is ambivalent about
Hanford because it involves not only cleanup but jobs, money and
votes. Oregon doesn’t have that problem. – L.P.

 

OREGON HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 11
Ordered by the House April 23, 1999
Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:
(1) The Congress of the United States is urged to:
(a) Fund and expedite the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear
Reservation.
(b) Fund other cleanup efforts to protect the Columbia River and to
work closely with Pacific Northwest officials to ensure the success
of these programs.
(c) Provide the State of Oregon with legal rights in matters
affecting the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that involve handling,
storage and cleanup of radio