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  • Hanford cleanup may continue a century after first bomb

    Pending agreement could push start-up of vitrification plan out to 2039.


  • Hanford reactor becomes a National Historical Park

    The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is now a National Historic Site.


  • 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 …


  • Environmental groups sue over reactor

    SPOKANE — Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.


  • Editorial: Hanford resolution a hostage of politics

    Death, taxes, and more time to clean up Hanford. Those are the certainties of life in Washington, but the state is pushing back against the latest federal request for permission …


  • 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 …


  • Cause of symptoms in workers at Hanford elusive

    RICHLAND – About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find …


  • ‘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 …


  • Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup

    OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …


  • 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 …


  • Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says

    OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 6 Hanford workers go to hospital as precaution

    RICHLAND — Six Hanford workers were taken to a Richland hospital Wednesday as a precaution after an unknown liquid spilled on some of them as they were dismantling piping in …


  • Court orders work to continue on Yucca repository

    The federal government must resume work on a repository in Nevada that would take the high-level nuclear waste from Hanford, a federal court said today.


  • Inslee: Speed up Hanford cleanup

    Gov. Jay Inslee called for the federal government to speed up plans to clean up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after reports that highly radioactive liquid may have …


  • Double-walled tank at Hanford may be leaking

    An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil.


  • 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 …


  • Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud

    Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …


  • Hanford waste may move

    RICHLAND – Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico, giving the government more flexibility to deal with leaking …


  • Budget cuts threaten work at leaking nuke tanks

    RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington’s governor prepared to travel to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site to learn more about leaking radioactive waste tanks there today, a day after federal officials …


  • Spin Control: Explaining Hanford takes pivot to hoops

    OLYMPIA – As most of official Olympia stared at their computers Thursday morning awaiting the state Supremes’ decision on tax supermajorities, a handful of legislators got a briefing on something …


  • Inslee: Six nuke-waste tanks leaking at Hanford

    YAKIMA — Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.


  • Report rips Hanford work

    RICHLAND – A strongly worded new report from a congressional watchdog agency questions whether an often-delayed and increasingly expensive waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site can …


  • Hanford documents show possible safety violations

    An investigation by the U.S. Energy Department has found that San Francisco engineering firm Bechtel may have committed a wide range of safety and health violations at a plant it …


  • Groups: Hanford study underpredicted levels

    A $27 million government study to estimate radiation doses received by the public from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s weapons factories is being called into question by other scientific organizations and …


  • Hanford nuclear plant shut down for refueling

    RICHLAND – Workers at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant are nearly midway through the longest refueling outage in the 26-year history of the plant, which has come under …

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