Mark Morris

​Jude Kone

"The hidden legacy of 70 years of atomic weaponry: At least 33,480 Americans dead. Will the nation’s new nuclear age yield more unwanted fallout?" reads a McClatchy website headline. Recently, the site released an interactive webpage documenting all the cases filed for health compensation at nuclear sites, and questions the ever-present nuclear waste site theme of jobs being valued more highly than human health and physical safety. Click here to read the full story

107,394 SICK WORKERS​ 


the Columbia River

underground explosions

A video was released by the State of Nevada of an underground explosion at a Nevada radioactive waste site operated by the same company that operates Hanford's Central Plateau area. It is unknown what was buried in the trench that experienced the explosion, or what chemicals may have been released into the air. If the waste in Hanford's own unlined radioactive waste trenches continues to be uncharacterized and untreated Washington could see similar incidents in the future.

Gerry Pollet, JD

Executive Director, State Representative (District 46)

Gerry co-founded HOANW in 1987 and has since been the region's leading advocate for Hanford cleanup.

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more delays on the central heart of America's presentation online now!

Our presentation on proposed decades of delay to clean up Hanford's Central Plateau and the Agencies presentations, which you can use to develop and send in comments, starts at 24:30. Comments can be sent to: (also please cc us at 

USDOE wants to delay cleanup of 43 miles of unlined dirt trenches - yes, that is 43 miles. Instead of an enforceable cleanup agreement schedule, USDOE and the agencies tentatively agreed that the deadline would be "To Be Determined" after more than a decade. Help us demand an enforceable schedule! 

Your voice makes all the difference! Over 80% of the people who come to hearings or send in comments on Hanford -- from Seattle and Portland to Spokane and Hood River to Walla Walla -- come because of the info they receive in our acclaimed Citizens' Guides, emails, FB posts, workshops, and 2x/year update phone calls.

Heart of America Northwest's research has documented how deadly contamination leaking from High-Level Nuclear Waste tanks has spread far more rapidly towards the Columbia River than USDOE (the federal Energy Dept.) claimed was possible. Contamination seeps into the River every day at over 1,000 x Drinking Water Standards

Seattle's Magnuson Park:

For over 3 years, the Navy and Seattle Parks  covered up high levels of radioactive contamination in public areas of the park. Heart of America NW and our Director, State Rep. Gerry Pollet blew the whistle on radiation in soil & storm water pipes draining to the Lake. Click here for update on the Navy's refusal to cleanup to WA State cancer risk

levels standards. 

High-Level Nuclear Waste Leaks

RaDioactive Contamination:

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