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Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


Plutonium-contaminated equipment taken into Richland by mistake

A radiologically contaminated piece of equipment left the Hanford nuclear reservation and was taken into north Richland by mistake, according to a message sent Wednesday afternoon to Hanford employees.


Food recalls explained: Why it seems like food contamination is on the rise

The recent spate of outbreaks of food-borne illnesses raises food-safety questions. Here’s a primer on what you need to know.


Despite spread of radioactive contamination, Hanford contractor earns $10 million

A Hanford environmental cleanup contractor has earned $9.9 million in incentive pay from the Department of Energy for its work at the nuclear reservation.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base sue makers of toxic fire retardant, including 3M Co.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered from an array of serious health problems caused by the water contamination, which resulted from decades of foam runoff from a training site on …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 2:23 p.m.

Pipeline break spills diesel fuel in south-central Idaho

A pipeline in south-central Idaho near Buhl ruptured and spilled diesel fuel that contaminated soil and a pond used for watering livestock.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

U.S. government sues Montana county over drinking water system

The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community’s drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Health agency concerned about Hanford contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant continues without better controls to prevent the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

More radioactively contaminated vehicles found at Hanford

The number of vehicles with specks of radioactive material has increased to 19 as checks continue at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant continue.


Bury Hanford mishaps for good

Most recently comes news that the state Department of Ecology is investigating the dumping of potentially contaminated liquid into the ground.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

State investigates possibly contaminated liquid dumped at Hanford

The Washington State Department of Ecology is investigating a report of potentially contaminated liquid dumped into the ground at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in August.


Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits

More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

More wells near Fairchild test positive for firefighting chemicals – north of the base

Forty more wells north of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals, with 21 exceeding the level that federal regulators believe is safe, base officials said …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Airway Heights water contamination spurs talks for West Plains water deals

The City of Spokane is looking at ways to update its existing water agreement with Airway Heights and possibly adding Medical Lake to its list of customers. Contamination identified in …


Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Hamptons PFOS-tainted water lawsuit adds to roster of 3M complaints

Fifteen people in a middle-income neighborhood near an airport in Southampton, New York – seaside playground of the rich and famous – are suing 3M Co. and other makers of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Airway Heights tap water still contaminated

Tap water in Airway Heights still contains levels of firefighting chemicals above federal recommendations, a third round of testing has shown.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:20 p.m.

Hundreds bring fears of Airway Heights water contamination to meeting with Fairchild officials

Hundreds of people worried about the water they drink, bathe in and give to their animals packed the Medical Lake High School gym Tuesday night to demand answers.


National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume

The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.


Airway Heights pumping out contaminated water that some say could be replaced by Fairchild supplies

City officials said Friday that levels of contaminants in the Airway Heights water system were more than 15 times the threshold established by the Environmental Protection Agency last year. Flushing …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Radioactive contamination found on clothes of Hanford worker

A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing this week during an incident at an underground waste storage tank that indicated a …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

33 Airway Heights area restaurants asked to keep city water out of food and beverages

Restaurants west of Hayford Road in Airway Heights have been asked to not use contaminated water in food or beverages.


Citing potential water contamination, Department of Corrections issues recall for food manufactured at Airway Heights Corrections Center

The Washington Department of Corrections announced Thursday evening that it is voluntarily recalling food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center following reports of possible contamination in the Airway Heights …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Airway Heights seeks more emergency water following well contamination discovery

The advisory not to drink the city’s tap water entered its third day Thursday as Airway Heights officials sought additional help from Spokane and private landowners pondered their legal options …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

Decades of warnings behind chemical contaminating water in Airway Heights

Air Force and public health officials have repeatedly described the chemicals contaminating water in Airway Heights as an “emerging issue” – one that’s being handled proactively and transparently. But nowhere …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Fairchild Air Force Base expands search for contaminated groundwater

Air Force officials have expanded their search for contaminated groundwater after testing found chemical runoff affecting neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base.


Burlington motel’s meth contamination sparks new law

A new state law will take effect July 23 that will allow local governments to evict residents from contaminated buildings.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Testing confirms chemical contamination in residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base

Air Force officials visited Julie Dipple’s home last week to share some troubling news: Her drinking water is contaminated and it probably has been for a long time.


New problem arises at Hanford

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