The Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington – called the most contaminated site in North America – presents a paradox of massive contamination next to a river preserved in its natural state. The site borders the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River – made a National Monument in 2000, because of the Reach’s pristine beauty.
“The Portland Oregonian once called the Hanford Site "a nuclear Yellowstone, patrolled by park rangers armed with submachine guns and night vision goggles." For the most part, the armed guards are gone, at least from the areas within the Monument, but the legacy of war-time secrecy and almost seven decades of unintended preservation has left Hanford as a stronghold for several rare, threatened, or endangered plants and animals.” USFWS website
Ms. Wireman will provide a brief update on cleanup status and explore the amazing biodiversity of Hanford and the Hanford Reach.
Ginger Wireman has conducted outreach and education activities for the Washington State Dept. of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program since 2001. She primarily supports communications for tank waste retrieval and groundwater issues related to Hanford cleanup.
She has an MS in Environmental Studies and a BA in Advertising from California State University Fullerton. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and watching her backyard chickens.