More Hanford tank concerns raised

Reviews of Hanford double-shell tanks have raised new concerns about their ability to safely contain high-level radioactive waste. The reviews, which use historical documents to reconstruct how the tanks were built, call for enhanced inspection of some of the 28 tanks. The Department of Energy will be doing more frequent visual inspections of all 28 tanks in response to the findings of the construction reviews, said Tom Fletcher, DOE assistant manager of the Hanford tank farms. The review of the newest tank farm, built in the 1980s, still is in progress. The reviews finished to date conclude that while there were continuing construction difficulties, none of the tanks had as troubled a construction history as the oldest double-shell tank, Tank AY-102, which is leaking radioactive waste from between its shells. No waste is believed to have leaked into the soil beneath AY-102, which is underground. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent … Continue reading

Washington View: California may give glimpse of our future

It’s not often we get a chance to peer into the future to see the consequences of our actions. California has given us that opportunity. Before the rains returned to California, the news was full of dramatic stories about the drought there. Mother Jones magazine warned, “California’s Drought Could Be the Worst in 500 Years.” Hopefully, in the coming weeks, enough snow will accumulate in the state’s mountains to avert the water crisis. President Barack Obama flew to California and called for shared sacrifice. Despite his suggestion, the drought is not as much linked to global warming as the water shortages are to water policy. In fact, as the New York Times noted, “the most recent computer projections suggest that as the world warms, California should get wetter, not drier, in the winter.” Historically, rainfall in the state’s agricultural region fluctuates, with periods of above-average rainfall followed by periods of … Continue reading

Franklin County Deserves Experienced Leadership

I have served the people Franklin County for the past 33 years. The first 21 were as an Air Force officer serving around the globe…including a tour in the Middle East and four years in the Pentagon with Congressional support experience on Capital Hill. Returning home to Washington I spent the next six years in not-for-profit electric power generation at the region’s only nuclear power facility on the Hanford reservation as head of Executive Projects. The past seven years have been as a Franklin County commissioner driving fiscal responsibility, ensuring Franklin County’s interests are fully represented in bi-county activities and protecting my constituents from overzealous federal agencies infringing on private property rights through the endangered species act. I am an NRA Benefactor member, private pilot and aircraft owner, hunter, fisherman and historic preservation advocate (see my restoration project at I hold a BA degree from Central Washington University and an MS … Continue reading