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The Inequities of Hanford Speaker Series: Kathleen Flenniken

October 30, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Location: Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th Street

While Hanford is the most contaminated site in the Western hemisphere, most Washington residents know very little about the former plutonium processing facility. With 56 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in leaking underground tanks and heading towards the Columbia River, Hanford cannot remain shrouded in secrecy.

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is working with Hanford Challenge and the Environmental Health and Public Policy class taught by UW professor Dr. Holly Barker to bring a series of speakers to the Burke Museum. The series focuses on the legacies and clean-up challenges linked to the Hanford facility. This speaking series focuses on the legacies and clean-up challenges linked to the Hanford facility.

Kathleen is a former engineer at Hanford and is Washington State’s Poet Laureate, and author of Plume, a collection of poems about her childhood in Richland. Kathleen will talk about the importance of the arts to express the emotional and complex responses to Hanford, ideas not frequently communicated in a scientific discourse.

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