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Public Meetings Planned for Hanford Reach Draft Plan

RICHLAND, Wash.- Public meetings are about to start for the new environmental impact plan for the Hanford Reach National Monument.

The series of public meetings is planned to start Tuesday in Mattawa.

The meetings will follow an open house format.  The public will be allowed to come in, review the plan and discuss what they think of it with officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

They will be able to look at new plans for campgrounds, parking and wildlife.

"It's been a long process, about four or five years in the making and we're looking forward to getting back out to the public and talking to them," said Fish and Wildlife official Michael Ritter.

The first meeting will be Tuesday afternoon from 5:00-8:00 at the Mattawa Elementary School Gym.

Another is planned for Wednesday at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Then, two big ones next  and the Hampton Inn in Richland  and the Pasco Red Lion.

The public is invited to speak at all of them.