News Source: 
The Daily
October 26, 2004

While the radioactive waste stored at Hanford Nuclear Reservation is 220 miles from the UW campus, 15 students emphasized their belief that these toxins impact the UW community by demonstrating on the HUB lawn yesterday.

Donning lab goggles and painter's masks, the students were dressed in yellow imitation biohazard suits.

These demonstrators, representing the Washington State Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG), were spreading the message that the situation at Hanford "affects everyone," according to member Alicia Boulet.

Boulet, a senior, said that WashPIRG members began tabling on the HUB lawn at 11:30 a.m. to generate support for Initiative 297. If passed, this initiative would require the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to clean up radioactive waste before any more can be dumped at the Hanford site, which is near Tri-Cities.

Hanford is acknowledged as being the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the Western Hemisphere, said Boulet.