Hanford cleanup topic of League of Women Voters meeting
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The League of Women Voters of Clackamas County invites the public to attend a presentation on the cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation located in southeastern Washington State from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego.
Guest speaker will be Ken Niles, the assistant director for Nuclear Safety of the Oregon Department of Energy. He manages Oregon's involvement in the cleanup of the stockpiled radioactive wastes of Hanford, which is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and the focus of the nation's largest environmental cleanup.
Niles also manages the safe transport of radioactive materials through Oregon, and emergency preparedness in the event of a nuclear accident or petroleum shortage.
Niles is Gov. Kate Brown's designee as State Liaison Officer to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and represents Oregon on the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-level Radioactive Waste Management. Since 1992, he has directed the State of Oregon's radioactive material transport safety program and has represented Oregon on the Western Governors' Association Technical Advisory Group for Transport Safety. He also currently chairs the Western Interstate Energy Board's High-Level Waste Committee and represents Oregon on the National Governors' Association Federal Facility Task Force, the State and Tribal Government Working Group and the Hanford Advisory Board.
Niles joined the Oregon Department of Energy in July 1989. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as a broadcast news reporter, working in both radio and television. A native Oregonian, Niles earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon State College in March 1992.
The event is free and open to all.