Stories tagged: Hanford
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. …
SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2016, 5 A.M.
Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015, 4:03 P.M.
Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks
SEATTLE — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from …
SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2015, 1:04 P.M.
Nuclear bomb history worthy of skepticism
Earlier this summer, I was in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. That day, and for the next two days, my attention continued to be drawn to the hills …
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015
Editorial: Atomic bomb development worth of national park
Seventy years ago next month, the United States unleashed the most terrible weapon yet used. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945 persuaded Japan to …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015, 9:35 A.M.
New Hanford site tour offered
The story of the Hanford site prior to nuclear development is the focus of a new public tour offered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland office.
MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015, 10:57 A.M.
Recordings of people who built Hanford available to public
KENNEWICK — During World War II, Phil Gardner traveled more than 100,000 miles to recruit workers for the secret project at Hanford, having not the slightest idea what was being …
THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014, 9:41 A.M.
Efforts to create Manhattan Project park advance
Plans to create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which includes the B Reactor at Hanford, have advanced in Congress.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014, 7:10 P.M.
State AG says he’ll sue Hanford to protect workers from harmful vapors
Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, state …
SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2014
Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility
RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
‘Atomic Man’ room set for cleanup
Workers are preparing to enter one of the more dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician, later nicknamed the …
TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford
OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
Washington state tells feds to hurry up on leaking Hanford tank
OLYMPIA – Washington wants the federal government to start pumping radioactive sludge out of a leaking tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation by September rather than waiting a couple of …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Hanford contractors decline to comment on whistleblowers
WASHINGTON – Contractors handling the cleanup and redevelopment of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation wouldn’t answer questions from lawmakers on Tuesday about whether two employees were fired for raising safety concerns. …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
Hanford cleanup money cut back in Obama budget plan
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has proposed cutting $67 million from efforts to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site, drawing the ire of lawmakers from both sides of the …
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013
Hanford 300 Area cleanup plan released
The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday issued its final cleanup plan for the 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and …
FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013
North Central rallies by Rogers
This time, it was North Central playing the role of second-half spoiler. A week after blowing a large lead and ultimately losing, the Indians (2-8) woke up after a lackluster …
FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 2013
Editorial: Hanford cleanup’s toxic legacy continues
The U.S. Energy Department says fat chance of meeting interim deadlines for cleaning up the nuclear site that produced Fat Boy, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, which accelerated the …
THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013
Oregon Sen. Wyden wants Hanford whistle-blower answers
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday demanded to know why a Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistle-blower has lost his job. Walter Tamosaitis last week was laid off by URS Corp. after …
THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013
More Hanford cleanup delays, agency warns
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most-polluted nuclear site, the agency said Wednesday. The Energy Department issued …
SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013
Hanford whistleblower says layoff was retribution
KENNEWICK – Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis was laid off last week after 44 years of employment with URS Corp., he said. Three years ago he lost his position as research …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 22, 2013
One of last Hanford 300 Area buildings coming down
RICHLAND – One of the final buildings that will be demolished in the Hanford 300 Area is coming down. An industrial city once stood just north of Richland to support …
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
Fixes promised for waste plant
RICHLAND – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday he intends to have a new plan by the end of the summer for resolving technical problems with a waste treatment plant …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013, 7:34 A.M.
Energy secretary to visit Hanford
RICHLAND — New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was set to make his first visit today to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site since being confirmed by the Senate last month.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013, 3:28 P.M.
Plant may lack space for Hanford waste
A national repository may run out of space for the hottest radioactive waste it was designed to store if changes are not made, according to an audit by the Department …
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
Ten managers indicted in Hanford timecard scheme
RICHLAND – A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard …