DOE Daily 1/22 - Hanford contaminated Biota

1/22/99 1:23:03 PM Mountain Standard Time

UPDATE

SENSITIVE ISSUES:

RICHLAND COMPLETES REPORT ON CONTAMINATED BIOTA - RICHLAND 
OPERATIONS OFFICE, HANFORD SITE

Richland (RL) has completed an investigation report on Hanford Site 
management practices in the control of radioactive tumbleweeds, mice, 
fruitflies and other biota.  The report identified an increase in 
vegetation- and animal- caused contamination that is not being 
addressed satisfactorily by existing management systems.  The report 
notes the spread of contamination is on the rise, and that the control 
of tumbleweeds and other biota at several waste sites needs 
improvement.  Fluor Daniel Hanford, Inc. (FDH) is planning to deliver 
a plan of action with milestones to RL by January 31, 1999, to address 
the issues identified in the report.  The plan will address 
development of a policy to control biological contamination spread by 
biological vectors.  FDH is also evaluating the funding needs, roles 
and responsibilities associated with development of an integrated 
biological (pests and weeds) control program.  FDH is working with 
Bechtel Hanford and other site contractors to develop a common, 
integrated approach with sufficient coordination to prevent adverse 
impacts and to reduce associated cleanup program costs.  (Richland 
Operations Office Daily Report. Contact: Mary Goldie at 509-376-7505)