In brief: Melters arrive at Hanford plant
RICHLAND – The first of two giant pieces of equipment for the Hanford vitrification plant have arrived after an 800-mile trip from Utah.
The Tri-City Herald reported that the 125-ton melter assembly arrived by truck Friday at the nuclear reservation. It was carried on a 190-foot-long transporter that took four days to bring it from manufacturer Petersen Inc. in Ogden, Utah. The second assembly will be trucked to Hanford later.
The 30-foot-long, 21-foot diameter melters will be used at the vitrification plant to melt low-activity radioactive waste to turn it into glass for long-term disposal. The waste is left from the past production of plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program.
Seattle man convicted of murder
KENT, Wash. – A King County Superior Court jury has convicted a 20-year-old Seattle man of first-degree murder in a shooting death at a fast-food restaurant in Kent.
Seattlepi.com said the jury on Friday found Edward Cobb guilty of killing Chazerey Bucchus on July 12, 2008, after an argument during the Kent Cornucopia Festival.
Prosecutors alleged Cobb shot Bucchus twice at an Arby’s restaurant. Cobb has said he shot the man in self-defense.
Cobb is to be sentenced Nov. 30 and faces a prison term of 25 to 31 years.