EWC Officers & Chairs
Speaker: Mr. Robert Rieck, Washington State Department of Ecology Headquarters
Date/Time: Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - 5:30pm
Location: PNNL Environmental Technology Building, located at 3200 Innovation Boulevard in Richland
Mr. Rieck will discuss some of the proposed changes to the Dangerous Waste Regulations (Washington Administrative Code 173-303) that are being considered for adoption later in 2016. He will also discuss generally how the rulemaking process is conducted.
Mr. Rieck is the state coordinator for rule changes to the Dangerous Waste Regulations. He is located in the Headquarters Office for the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program in Lacey.
The presentation will be held at 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the PNNL Environmental Technology Building, located at 3200 Innovation Boulevard in Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Directions: Go west on Battelle Blvd from G-W Way. Take a right on Innovation Blvd. ETB is the first building on the right.
Welcome to the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers
The EWC-ACHMM has been formed to provide association activities for CHMM Members and Associates in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington.
The Chapter is dedicated to the development of professionals involved with all aspects of hazardous materials management. Individuals involved in the Chapter have jobs in diverse areas such as environmental compliance, waste management, asbestos management, safety, industrial hygiene, education, project management, analytical services, quality assurance, and engineering.
Plant Tour to Perma-Fix Northwest
Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016 - 10:00am
A rare opportunity for environmental, safety, heath, and health physics professionals to tour the Perma-Fix Northwest Richland (PFNW) facility is available. PFNW has opened their treatment facility for familiarization of their low level radioactive waste and mixed (hazardous-dangerous and radioactive) waste processes. The tour requires advanced registration with the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Managers (EWC ACHMM). A first group is limited to 12 professionals is scheduled for Friday, June 10th at 10 AM. If the first tour is filled and there is sufficient interest a second tour may be arranged for on June 24.
The PFNW facility supports the nuclear industries. Waste is received from the federal government, reactor operators, medical facilities, and other waste brokers and processors. The main purpose of the facility is volume reduction and stabilization of radioactive waste material. The PFNW facility uses several different methods to process mixed waste and low level radioactive waste. Processing methods are chosen according to waste volume and characteristics. PFNW helps prepare waste for the Nevada Test Site (DOE Nevada Nuclear Security Site), commercial US Ecology Richland facility, Energy Solutions Clive, UT facility, and DOE Hanford to meet their waste acceptance criteria and to reduce the volumes of waste. Low level waste media in dry active wastes, aqueous liquids, oil, and biological materials are processed. Volume reduction is accomplished by both thermal and non-thermal processes. The thermal process employed utilizes Bulk Process Units that operate at 1800 degrees F. The non-thermal processes include size reduction, compaction, and decontamination for free release. Mixed low level wastes are treated via non-thermal processes including macro-encapsulation. Stabilization addresses a wide range of RCRA listed, characteristic waste streams. Analysis of resulting waste forms will meet the concentration-based (performance) standards or the stabilization (STBL) treatment technology requirements for RCRA Land Disposal Restrictions.