Virtual Science Pub: Hanford Hazards: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste

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AUG 25, 2020 | Virtual Edition | 6:30-8:30PM | $5 suggested donation (

Hanford Hazards Update: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste
with with Ken Niles, Assistant Director for Nuclear Safety and Jeff Burright, Technical Staff, at the Oregon Department of Energy

Come hear the about the most recent efforts to clean-up the Hanford Nuclear Site. Hanford is home to the world’s largest environmental cleanup and work is ongoing to reduce risks at the site. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, Hanford produced plutonium for America’s nuclear weapons program for 45 years. That process created enormous amounts of radioactive and chemically hazardous wastes and impacted the Columbia River at times. Since cleanup began in 1989, there have been some significant accomplishments and some spectacular challenges. Cleanup is not expected to be completed until the 2070s or later. Learn about the extent of contamination at the beginning of cleanup, and the progress and challenges that remain, including the 56 million gallons of high-level waste stored in 177 aging underground storage tanks.


August 25 2020


Date: August 25
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214 US

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