Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation



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This document updates the previous document “Scoping Report: Nuclear Risks in Tribal Communities” prepared by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in 1995. At the time, “no comprehensive or sitewide evaluation of risks and costs has been performed at Hanford.” A decade later, this is still true. It is also still true that “a full risk picture must include addressing the impacts over time.”

This report provides a more docused perspective on how to establish both technically and politically defensible environmental management approach in an era of continued fiscal constraints. This was true in 1995 and is even more constraining in 2006. A major stakeholder-driven document was written in 1996 (Columbia River Comprehensive Impact Assessment, Part II). We believe that an investment by the Department of Energy (DOE) in a more effective and efficient risk assessment approach as well as increased emphasis on integration of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Stewardship into the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process will ultimately save the DOE money by reducing future maintainence and other costs.

This research was completed money allocated during Round 6 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.

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nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons testing, environment, non-governmental organizations, United States Department of Energy, tribal governments, environmental cleanup, radioactive fallout, radioactive waste


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Interests and Expectations of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Regarding Hanford and Hanford-Affected Lands



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