Robert Carosino, Chief Counsel of the Richland Operations Office of the US Department of Energy, will discuss the history and progress of the nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford site with UW law students on Thursday, February 4 from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 119. Carosino will also talk about the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, or Tri-Party Agreement, a legal agreement of deadlines for specific cleanup milestones signed in 1989 by the DOE, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Ecology.
Hanford is a 586-square mile site in southeastern Washington State that was created in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. Cleanup of the site began in the late 1980s after more than 40 years of plutonium production. The Hanford site includes hundreds of square miles of contaminated soil and groundwater as well as millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste stored in underground tanks.
Carosino has been an attorney with the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies for more than 35 years. His primary areas of practice have been environmental law, government contracts, atomic energy and nuclear waste management law, and management of large government site operations. Carosino received both his bachelor's degree ('71) and J.D. ('74) from the University of Washington.
The event is sponsored by GreenLaw, a law student-led organization that promotes student involvement in environmental law through education, outreach, and advocacy.