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Nuclear – Hanford

The WSMA does not support the confirmation of the Hanford reservation as a site for a high level nuclear waste repository until it is clear from both environmental and health studies that it would be safe to utilize this area. Further, the WSMA supports the concept of a thorough and immediate independent study of the safety of the N Reactor and appropriate licensure of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (Res 2, A-85; Res 25, C-86) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA opposes additional off-site waste being added to the overburdened Hanford Site until the current nuclear waste storage problems and environmental threat to the surrounding area are solved, and a publicly vested national plan for nuclear waste be created. (Res A-9, A-01) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports no further build-up of high-level nuclear waste which is not in compliance with state and federal regulations at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. (Res C-1, A-03) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports working towards a solution to the Hanford Site nuclear waste problem and encourages the creation of a national plan for nuclear waste disposal to ensure optimum public health. (Res A-9, A-01) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA supports the public and environmental health requirements in the Tri-Party Agreement in all current and future clean-up plans for Hanford. (Res C-12, A-02) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA opposes any "accelerated cleanup" of Hanford tank wastes that is not scientifically demonstrated to be equivalent or superior to vitrification in providing long-term protection of human health and the environment. (Res C-1, A-03) (Reaffirmed A-17)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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