My Hanford – A Personal History Presentation in KennewickOn April 17, at 7PM, Kathleen Flenniken will have a presentation at the Mid-Columbia Libraries in Kennewick. East Benton Historical Society will host this presentation. 

Wide-Scale Environmental Cleanup 
Currently, Hanford is entangled in an environmental cleanup that is considered the world’s largest, by far. Included in this cleanup project is the construction of a $12.2 billion waste treatment plant, which has been beset by problems like aging workforce, a history of secrecy, and a reputation for punishing whistleblowers. 

A Personal Take 
While there have been plenty of news reports about the costly Hanford programs, most citizens of Washington State have very little knowledge about the site and its history.  

That is why Kathleen Flenniken, an engineer-turned-poet who was born and raised in Richland, Wa, will present her personal take on the history of Richland and on the Hanford nuclear site where she began her career as a civil engineer and where her father also worked. She also has had the unfortunate experience of facing up to the death of her friend’s father from a radiation illness. 

Her firsthand experience will help people break through the mind-numbing numbers of waste that will take tens of thousands of years to decay and the billions of dollars spent on such projects.  

So make sure you’re there on April 17, Thursday, from 7PM onwards at the Mid-Columbia Libraries for Ms. Flenniken’s presentation.

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