Stories tagged: 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.
Mon., June 12, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
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.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
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.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
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.
Fri., May 12, 2017
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 …
Thu., March 16, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
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 …
Sat., March 11, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
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.
Fri., March 10, 2017, 7:32 a.m.
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.
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Some technical issues resolved at Hanford vit plant
The U.S. Department of Energy has resolved three key technical issues that have delayed construction on a major Hanford Nuclear Reservation plant.
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Report finds little progress to address Hanford vapor concerns
RICHLAND, Wash. – It appears that little progress is being made to address employee concerns about exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Department of Energy’s Office …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
Congressional delegation urges Trump to fund Hanford work
The entire congressional delegation from Washington is asking President-elect Donald Trump to make environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a priority. Hanford for years made plutonium for nuclear weapons, …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Radioactive contamination spreading in closed Hanford plant, REDOX
Radioactive contamination is spreading inside a deteriorating processing plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016
A glimmer of hope at Hanford
There is no telling how seriously the Trump administration will take the threat at Hanford, but there is little question that the departure of retiring Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is …
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 7:47 a.m.
Trial date pushed back for Hanford chemical vapors case
A nonjury trial for a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington and other parties over increased protections for workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been postponed.
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 …
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
Hanford takes $23 million step toward safer radioactive waste storage
Work is moving ahead to remove radioactive capsules at Hanford from storage in a water-filled pool that could be at risk in a severe earthquake.
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 9:45 p.m.
Demolition begins on Hanford plutonium plant
The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is underway.