TRAC Makes Presentation to National Academy of Sciences
Spawned out Salmon on the
Hanford Reach

About TRAC
At the suggestion of the Department of Energy, Norm Buske, TRAC’s director, gave a presentation on February 3, 2003 to the National Academy of Sciences’ panel on Water Resources Management, Instream Flows, and Salmon Survival in the Columbia River Basin.

Buske’s take-home message to the panel was: the Columbia riverbed where salmon hatchlings live is important for salmon survival and for water management policy. Contaminants from Hanford nuclear reservation, agriculture, industry, and municipalities are active in this riverbed habitat and are affected by water management practices.

The theme of Buske's 5-minute presentation was: The regulatory agencies have sold out both the salmon and the public. Buske asked the NAS panel to consider the Columbia Riverbed in their decisions regarding water management policy for the Columbia River Basin.

As part of his presentation, Buske distributed an informational packet to the NAS panel. That packet included:

“Riverbed Facts of Life for Salmon Spawning in the Hanford Reach,” Fact sheet, February 3, 2003.

“Hanford Radioactivity in Salmon Spawning Grounds,” Technical report, N. Buske, Government Accountability Project, August, 2002.

“Department Of Health Sees No Evil in Radioactive Salmon Spawning Grounds,” Press advisory, November 20, 2002.

“100-D Island Radiological Survey,” Cover and radiological data, Washington State Department of Health, November 1996.

“Sex, Salmon, Secrecy,” 27-minute video documenting controversy over riverbed contamination and threat to salmon, Reel Moon Media, January 27, 2003.

The RadioActivist Campaign, Informational flyer, February 2003.


The RadioActivist Campaign
Address: 10119 W. Belfair Valley Rd, Bremerton, WA 98312 Phone: 360.275.1351
Director: Norm Buske,