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Temporary authorization request for effluent management facility construction activities

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RICHLAND, WA - The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of River Protection (DOE-ORP) and Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) are requesting a 180-day Temporary Authorization from the Washington Department of Ecology pursuant to WAC 173-303-830(4)(e) to support construction activities for the Hanford Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste Effluent Management Facility (EMF) Secondary Containment System beginning in February 2017. The EMF, slated for construction at the Hanford Site, will be used to treat secondary liquid effluent generated by the Low-Activity Waste Facility off-gas ventilation system.

The Temporary Authorization will allow DOE-ORP and BNI to start construction at the EMF Buildings 25 and 25A to maintain Amended Consent Decree schedule commitments to begin treating Hanford tank waste as soon as 2022. Activities covered by this Temporary Authorization are limited to civil construction of the EMF foundation and walls.