The Final Hanford Injury Assessment Plan (IAP) was completed in January 2013 after public review and comment and is available for download. The IAP provides an outline of the approach the Hanford Trustees will take to assess injuries to natural resources stemming from releases of Site-related hazardous substances. The IAP formalizes the Trustees’ current understanding of the studies that may be necessary to determine and quantify injury to site resources and resource services.
The Council goal is to complete the injury assessment and prepare a Restoration Plan by 2024. Planning efforts resulted in an update of the Hanford NRDA Project Execution Plan (PEP). The PEP defines the overall work scope, schedule, and budget for the Hanford injury assessment and establishes the means to execute, monitor, and control the project in a disciplined manner. The PEP is a “living document” that is updated annually based on actual budgets and new information gained from the injury assessment process. Actual funding over the last few years has been less than requested which has constrained the assessment process.
Initial injury studies are in various stages of completion. Final reports summarizing results of a Groundwater Contaminant Plume Mapping Study and Mussel Toxicity Study conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are in the process of being finalized. A terrestrial disturbance inventory geodatabase and report were completed for two operable units (100-F and 100-B/C). Other studies that are in various stages of completion include: Three Tribal Service Loss Studies; Near Shore Aquatic; Evaluation of Contaminant Concentrations in Soils of Non-process Areas; Habitat Recovery Analysis/Restoration Planning; and Groundwater Policy/Injury.
A revised Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was approved by the Trustees in FY2016. The MOA supersedes the 1996 Hanford Site Trustee MOA. The MOA provides the framework for coordination and cooperation of the Trustees in conducting the NRDA at Hanford.
The Council continues to meet on a monthly basis to plan, organize, control and direct Hanford NRDAR activities. The Senior Trustees meet periodically to review progress and address issues elevated from the Council.