Richland, Wash. – As hazardous waste on the 560-square-mile Hanford Site is cleaned up, the Department of Energy is required to assess potential natural resource damage from cleanup actions and mitigate or restore native plant communities. In September 2016, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, DOE’s prime contractor for environmental remediation of the site, awarded EAS a contract to provide habitat restoration support along the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
For this project EAS is providing CHPRC a restoration scientist to design and implement habitat restoration activities, including re-vegetation and re-contouring, to meet land-use objectives. Since 2006, EAS has worked with prime contractors on the Hanford Site to successfully restore native riparian and shrub-steppe plant communities. The team has conducted more than 150 revegetation, restoration, and mitigation projects on the site, according to applicable laws, regulations, and guidance documents, including the DOE Biological Resource Management Plan.