First Advisor

Jeffrey Gerwing

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Studies and University Honors


Environmental Studies


Hanford Site (Wash.), Radioactive waste sites -- Cleanup -- Washington (State) -- Hanford Site -- Evaluation, Radioactive waste sites -- Cleanup -- Washington (State) -- Hanford Site -- Decision making -- Citizen participation, Environmental justice




Large scale restoration projects are multi-faceted and have many intricate management needs. Environmental justice can often be overlooked and not involved in considerations of these projects, and can be lacking in evaluation methods that provide support for project managers. This paper analyzes the Hanford Nuclear Waste Site Cleanup Project through the lens of an environmental justice rubric with eight separate categories designed to assess the inclusion of all stakeholders in this large scale restoration project. The Hanford Project ended up with a final score of 69% on the rubric, or a D+, with instances of both excellent and poor environmental justice inclusion over the past 20 years.


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