Stories tagged: Department Of Energy
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
Ill Hanford workers face a maze of benefit programs. This new center is coming to the rescue
The Department of Energy plans to open a new center in Richland to help ill Hanford workers and their survivors sort out their options for compensation and care.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 9:07 p.m.
Nuclear engineer to lead agency that oversees Hanford cleanup
President Donald Trump has nominated a new head for the Department of Energy’s environmental management program, which is responsible for the Hanford nuclear reservation.
Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
New Hanford contract to care for 6,000 workers valued at $17.1M a year
The Department of Energy has put out a draft request for bids for a company to provide occupational medical and health services at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
Kennewick mayor, Hanford contractor hit with $8.1M verdict. Now they want a retrial
A Department of Energy contractor and its employee, the Kennewick mayor, are asking for a new trial after a jury awarded $8.1 million for retaliation and discrimination against a former …
Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Department of Energy gives ‘excellent’ rating to Idaho lab
Federal officials gave the Idaho National Laboratory positive ratings and determined it earned 97 percent of the total available fee in a recent performance evaluation.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Four-month delay in details of plutonium release at Hanford raises questions
The announcement this month that 31 Hanford workers were contaminated from a June 8 incident is raising more questions about how government agencies alert the public about the test results …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for …
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 7:08 p.m.
Rick Perry’s having blast running the Energy Department – the agency he vowed to kill
The former Texas governor says he’s having the time of his life running an agency he once pledged to eliminate. Rick Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
Excavator retrieved from Idaho nuclear waste pit
An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Department of Energy ends plans for test to dispose of Hanford waste capsules
The Department of Energy is dropping plans for a test meant to see if some Hanford nuclear waste could be disposed of in a deep borehole.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
GAO report says government not doing enough against fraud, including at Hanford
A new report says the U.S. Department of Energy isn’t doing enough to prevent fraud among its contractors, including at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Hanford tank farm contractor awarded $9.6 million incentive pay
The Department of Energy awarded its tank farm contractor at Hanford $9.6 million for fiscal 2016, or 77 percent of the almost $12.5 million incentive award possible based on a …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 1:03 p.m.
Progress made to resolve Hanford vit plant technical issues
Progress is being made to resolve the technical issues that have stopped some construction at the Hanford vitrification plant since 2012. The Department of Energy and its contractor, Bechtel National, …
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 12:29 p.m.
OSU receives DOE grant for wave energy test facility
Oregon State University has landed a federal grant for the design, permitting and construction of an advanced wave energy test facility.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:38 a.m.
Energy Department at risk of missing Hanford deadlines
The U.S. Department of Energy is at risk of missing new court-enforced deadlines for emptying some radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
U.S. to build $1.6 billion Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste
The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they’ll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 8:16 a.m.
Some Hanford workers think twice about raising vapor issues
Some Hanford workers said they had concerns about raising issues related to possible chemical vapor exposures during a review by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 11:56 a.m.
Judge denies request for increased Hanford vapor protections
A federal judge has denied a request from the state of Washington for increased protections for workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation while a lawsuit against the Department of Energy …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 6:56 a.m.
Oil billionaire considered to lead Energy Dep’t
President-elect Donald Trump is considering oil billionaire Harold Hamm and North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer to lead the Department of Energy.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
Hanford deadline extended for radioactive waste tank farm caps
The Department of Energy was given three more years to build four large barriers over the ground at the Hanford tank farms to help contain spilled or leaked radioactive and …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Officials defend plans to move some Hanford workers
Plans to move about 350 Department of Energy and other employees out of the Richland Federal Building are not intended to save federal dollars.
Thu., July 14, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Hanford plutonium plant demolition deadline extended
The Department of Energy has been given an extra year to tear down the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Thu., 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.
Sat., May 28, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Three workers exposed in radiation incident at Idaho DOE site
A cleanup contractor says radioactive material contaminated the skin and clothing of three workers during an incident earlier this month at a U.S. Department of Energy site in the Idaho …
Tue., 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.
Tue., 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 …
Wed., 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: Tue., 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.
Thu., 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.
Sun., 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.