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Demolition of K East Reactor Stack
Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy
Department of Energy Hanford Site
Benton County Emergency Management, in coordination with Franklin and Grant Counties, the state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has developed plans to respond in the unlikely event of an accident at the DOE's Hanford Site.  The plans are designed to help protect residents, especially those living within the Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) around the Hanford Sites.
Who Is At Risk?
An accident at the Hanford Site involving the release of radioactive material into the surrounding community is very unlikely.  However, plans are in place to protect nearby residents.
This map shows the designated Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ) in Benton County.  (Click on map to see larger image) 

The following Emergency Planning Zones are in Benton County:

Section 3C

Section 3C is south of the Hanford site and north of Battelle Boulevard, between Stevens Drive and the Columbia River.  It also includes the area west of Stevens Drive between SR 240 and the Hanford Site.
Section 3C also includes the Horn Rapids Off-road Vehicle Park and the Richland Landfill.
Section 3C does NOT INCLUDE businesses accessed from Logston Boulevard, Sullivan Boulevard and Robertson Drive.

Section 4

This section is on the Hanford Site and under jurisdiction of the Department of Energy.  There are no permanent residents in this area.  Hanford workers would be notified if any protective actions were necessary.

Section 5

This area is north of First Street and south of Battelle Blvd. between Stevens Drive and the Columbia River.

In An Emergency
If there is a radiological emergency at the Hanford Site, nearby residents will be warned in a number of ways. 

Click here for more on how residents will be notified.
What Do I Do?
If you live within the Emergency Planning Zones, you may be asked to take action during an emergency

Click here for detailed information.
Keep Informed
Each year, local emergency officials provide a calendar with emergency instruction in both English and Spanish to all residents living within Hanford's Emergency Planning Zones.  The calendar contains important emergency information about what steps to take to protect yourself and your family if there is an accident at the Hanford Site.  If you live in one of the Hanford EPZ and haven't received the current year's calendar, contact us at 628-2600.  You can also find the current year calendar here.
More Information
To find out more about the Hanford Site, follow these links: