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UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

U.S. demands proof steel is safe in Hanford nuclear plant

The federal government is demanding that the company building a giant nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state provide records proving that the steel used in the nearly $17 billion …


New tests show Hanford workers exposed to radiation

New test results show that monitoring for airborne radioactive contamination has not protected some Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

Judge refuses to reduce $8.1M verdict against Hanford contractor

A judge is refusing to reduce the $8.1 million verdict against a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor and one of its employees.


Energy Department to permanently close damaged Hanford tank

The Energy Department says it will permanently close a damaged radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


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.


Senators want answers on Hanford radioactive contamination spread

The Hanford nuclear reservation workforce must have confidence that Hanford officials are putting safety ahead of legal deadlines and financial interests, said the U.S. senators for Washington state.


Possible worker radiation exposure at Hanford has halted a project

Demolition at a highly contaminated complex at the Hanford nuclear reservation has been halted.


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.


New manager picked for Hanford’s underground tanks

The U.S. Department of Energy has picked a new manager for its Office of River Protection on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Energy Department penalized $16K over unidentified powder

The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Energy Secretary makes 1st Tri-City area stop, says it’s a chance to learn

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s visit to the Mid-Columbia is “an edification” – the chance to see firsthand the work being done at places like the Hanford nuclear reservation and …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

107 degrees. Heat-trapping gear. So why no heat illnesses at Hanford tank farms?

The temperature has soared to 107 degrees at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this summer. In the tank farms, workers pull on three pairs of gloves, cover their faces with respirator …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Aircraft fighting 20,000-acre wildfire near Hanford grounded after drone spotted

An aerial drone hampered efforts on Tuesday to extinguish a fire that recently crossed into the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Central Washington. The air tactical group noticed the drone hovering …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Second waste storage tunnel at Hanford is at risk of cave-in, regulators say

A second tunnel containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is “structurally deficient by almost every measure” and at risk of caving in, state regulators said Friday.


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


Contamination at Hanford tank did not come from leak

Radioactive contamination found on a piece of equipment on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was not the result of a leak in an underground nuclear waste storage tank.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.


Trump proposes $120 million budget cut at Hanford despite trouble

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concern about worker safety at the former …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Washington Congress members worry Trump budget would cut Hanford cleanup

Last Friday, Washington members of Congress warned about cuts to the Hanford cleanup efforts. Now they’re bracing for proposed cuts when President Donald Trump’s budget is released Tuesday.


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 …


Governors of Oregon, Washington seek more Hanford funding

The governors of Washington and Oregon are asking President Donald Trump to increase the funding for Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup efforts.


Hanford continues to have truckload of woes

The beleaguered Hanford cleanup is a national embarrassment, with serious consequences for this region.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s collapsed tunnel may have gone unnoticed

A hole that was discovered this week on top of a nuclear waste storage tunnel has been plugged with dirt, ending an emergency situation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Hanford warned in 2015 study that contaminated rail car tunnels at risk of collapse

Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy was warned that two tunnels containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were vulnerable to collapse.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Area around Hanford’s PUREX plant has been dumping ground for radioactive and chemical waste for years

For decades during the Cold War arms race, nuclear waste was dumped at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s sprawling 200 East and 200 West areas.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment

Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …


Hanford contractors plan to cut up to 300 jobs

Hanford contractors are looking at layoffs as they prepare to cut up to 300 jobs at the nuclear reservation by this fall. The central Hanford contractor, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation …


Demolition resumes on Hanford plutonium plant

Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile.


Hanford officials, unions agree on limited change to vapor protection

The Hanford tank farm contractor and a union group have agreed to lift a blanket requirement that workers wear supplied air respirators, but only under some initial limited conditions.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Washington must fight Trump on its key issues, Murray says

Sen. Patty Murray says the state must be ready to fight Trump on key state issues.