Stories tagged: Hanford
TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016, 5:06 P.M.
State fines feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste
State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 10:43 A.M.
2 Hanford workers checked for possible vapor exosure
Two more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have received medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors after reporting a suspicious odor.
MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016, 1:24 P.M.
Crews tackle several wildfires in Washington
A wildfire burning toward the Hanford nuclear reservation scorched about 110 square miles of grassland Monday as it spread from Yakima County into Benton County.
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016, 10:59 A.M.
State attorney general seeks immediate help for Hanford workers
Washington’s attorney general on Thursday asked a federal judge to immediately take steps to protect Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers from exposure to chemical vapors.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 6:32 P.M.
Report: Department of Energy fails to protect nuclear whistleblowers
The DOE’s nuclear program almost never holds its civilian contractors accountable for unlawful retaliation against whistleblowers, according to a highly critical Government Accountability Office report released Thursday, July 14, 2016.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 9:54 A.M.
Two more Hanford workers report possible exposure to vapors
Even while workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are engaged in a job action to protest getting sick from chemical vapors, two more employees reported possible exposure to the vapors.
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 10:31 P.M.
Hanford Nuclear Reservation work stoppage continues
A rare work stoppage continued Tuesday by Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who contend that radioactive wastes left from nuclear weapons production are making them sick.
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 1:45 P.M.
Workers at some Hanford tanks stop in dispute over vapors
A coalition of labor unions on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation stopped work Monday at some of the radioactive waste tank farms because of health concerns over chemical vapors.
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016, 10:27 A.M.
Hanford company offers reforms to reduce exposure to vapors
The contractor that operates radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is proposing some reforms after dozens of workers reported becoming sick from chemical vapors associated with the …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 10:07 A.M.
Cleaning up Hanford radioactive waste spill to take 7 years
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing a seven-year plan to clean up a radioactive waste spill under a building on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016, 2:39 P.M.
Feds will miss cleanup deadline at E. Idaho nuclear facility
Federal officials announced Friday they won’t meet a September deadline to start converting 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste to a solid form at the Idaho National Laboratory in …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016
Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective
Topics included a push to buy locally, the possibility of a national lottery, the definition of basic education and radioactive contamination from Hanford.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 9:04 A.M.
Two more Hanford workers report smelling vapors
Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have reported smelling vapors at the former nuclear weapons production site.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Hanford contractor to lay off 435 as its contract ends
Washington Closure Hanford will lay off its remaining 435 workers starting in July as its U.S. Department of Energy contract comes to an end.
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 8:44 A.M.
Six more Hanford workers evaluated for vapor exposure
Officials say six more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have been evaluated for chemical vapor exposure, bringing the total number to 26.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:13 A.M.
20 Hanford workers checked for vapor exposure
More workers sought medical evaluations Friday because of potential exposure to chemical vapors at Hanford a day earlier, bringing the total to 20 people.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 8:13 P.M.
Eleven Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure
Eleven workers at a nuclear facility who reported headaches were sent for medical evaluations Thursday after working near an area where waste from a leaking tank was being transferred, U.S. …
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016, 1:58 P.M.
Hanford studying possible leak in second radioactive waste tank
Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the …
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, 9:52 A.M.
Hanford workers pump leaked waste back into tank
Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016, 1:10 P.M.
Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank
Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste are raising concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and workers are preparing to pump out the area of the …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 1:20 P.M.
Idaho listed as possible site for nuclear waste storage
The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016, 8:39 P.M.
Hanford contractor eligible for $18.8M in incentives
A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has received $18.8 million in incentive pay from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work last year.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016, 2:21 P.M.
Nuclear power plant near Richland resumes operations
The state’s only nuclear power plant has resumed generating electricity after suffering an unplanned shutdown on Monday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 7:30 A.M.
Sen. Murray questions DOE commitment to all Hanford cleanup
The Obama administration’s proposed Hanford budget seems to foreshadow declaring a cleanup victory, leaving critical work unfinished, Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 6:54 A.M.
Emptying to start on Hanford tank with interior leak
Work to empty Hanford’s oldest double-shell tank is expected to start anytime as a March 4 deadline looms.
TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016, 9:38 A.M.
Latest estimate to clean Hanford is $107 billion
The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 9:10 A.M.
Radiation blown onto highway at Hanford ‘alarming’ to EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency says the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 8:54 A.M.
Hanford board says proposed cleanup deadline too extreme
The Hanford Advisory board says a proposed change in deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the reservation is too extreme.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016
Pritikin: Hanford park history must include Downwinders
New Manhattan Project Historic National Park should memorialize domestic radiation victims.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016, 2:52 P.M.
WSU contributed to groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves
Professors and graduate students from Washington State University were among more than 1,000 researchers involved in the worldwide effort to detect gravitational waves and confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. …