Hanford Site Issues
Energy Communities Alliance (ECA)
The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) is the only non-profit, membership organization of local governments adjacent to or impacted by U.S. Department of Energy activities. ECA brings together local government officials to share information, establish policy positions, and promote community interests to address an increasingly complex set of constituent, environmental, regulatory, and economic development needs. Benton County's representative on ECA is Commissioner Delvin, with Adam Fyall, Sustainable Development Manager, serving as the alternate.

More information about ECA can be found on their website or Twitter.

Hanford Advisory Board
The Hanford Advisory Board is a non-partisan and broadly representative body consisting of a balanced mix of the diverse interests that are affected by Hanford cleanup issues. As set forth in its charter, the primary mission of the Board is to provide informed recommendations and advice to the  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the  Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) on selected major policy issues related to the cleanup of the Hanford site. Benton County's representative to the Board is Bob Suyama, with Larry Lockrem serving as the alternate.

More information about the Hanford Advisory Board can be found on their website.

Hanford Communities
Formed in early 1994, the Hanford Communities is an intergovernmental cooperative organization of Benton and Franklin Counties and the four cities that are home to nearly 100 percent of Hanford’s work force.  By joining forces, independent Hanford Communities members can concentrate their efforts and provide unified advice and support to the Department of Energy on important transition issues.The Hanford Communities local outreach efforts range from education and industry partnerships to community event participation. Member jurisdictions also participate nationally with elected officials from cities and counties located near other DOE Environmental Management cleanup sites on topics of common interest. Commissioner Delvin serves as Benton County's representative to the Governing Board of Hanford Communities, while Adam Fyall, Sustainable Development Manager, serves as the representative to the Administration Board.

More information about Hanford Communities can be found on the City of Richland website or by emailing Hanford Communities' Executive Director, Pam Larsen.

Hanford Reach National Monument
The Hanford Reach National Monument is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's first national monument. Protected by Presidential Proclamation in 2000 under the American Antiquities Act, the Monument is a place of sweeping vistas and stark beauty, of towering bluffs and delicate flowers. Wildlife abounds in this harsh landscape—rare is a trip along the river that doesn't produce mule deer, coyotes, bald eagles, great blue herons, or white pelicans. A large elk herd hides in the canyons, and incredibly, porcupines are a common sight. Rare plants defy the desert, wind and heat. Beautiful spring wildflower displays delight the visitor who ventures into the field. The Monument is also a reminder of our history as a nation. Plutonium reactors stand along the river, remnants of WWII and the Cold War. Plutonium from B Reactor fueled "Fat Man," the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. No longer in production, these reactors are now being dismantled, and the lands and waters cleaned.

Benton County has been at the forefront of planning for the protection and use of the Hanford Reach and the National Monument for the past quarter century. More information about Hanford Reach National Monument can be found on their website.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is one of the nation's newest national parks. Established in November 2015, the park preserves portions of the World War II-era sites where the United States developed the world's first atomic weapons: Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hanford, Washington; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A visit to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park provides an opportunity to view the sites that helped the United States end World War II and challenges us to think about how the world has changed with the dawn of the nuclear age.

Benton County is a member of the local Tri-Cities National Park Committee that meets regularly to develop community policies relative to the Park, to advocate for its long-term sustainable development needs, and to promote its visitation and continued preservation. Learn more about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park by visiting their website.

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