Expansion of the Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response Training and Education Center, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington
The U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operation Office (DOE-RL) needs to provide cost-effective, additional personal protection and public safety through expanding training and equipment testing facilities at the Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response Training and Education Center (HAMMER) on the Hanford Site. The proposed action would include constructing and operating the EVOC, which would be located on approximately 60 acres (24.2 hectares); expanding, operating, and transferring ownership of NUTS, which is located on approximately 80 acres (32.3 hectares) [40 acres (16.2 hectares) from the original HAMMER footprint and 40 additional acres (16.2 hectares) from the expansion]; and reserving the remaining space [approximately 92 acres (37.2 hectares)] north of the original HAMMER, NUTS, and the CTF (Figure 2) and south of the BPA power lines for future development. EVOC would provide training to emergency service personnel when driving in emergency response situations. NUTS would provide training for utility personnel.