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  • In brief: Energy Department to discuss Hanford

    The cleanup of underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be the topic of a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Red Lion …


  • Swarm of small quakes in past year under Hanford

    In the past year about 2,000 small quakes have rattled an area under the Hanford nuclear reservation.


  • More ex-Hanford workers may be eligible for money

    More former workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation may be eligible for compensation for developing cancer due to radiation exposure.


  • Excavators unearthing a bottled-up history

    RICHLAND – A glass beer bottle with a faded label that says “brewed in Walla Walla.” Two children’s marbles. A 1938 Buick Roadmaster hubcap. Heavy white ceramic shaving mugs. And …


  • GAO suggests leaving more waste in Hanford tanks

    The Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department should consider leaving more waste in underground tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.


  • Editorial: Abandoning waste site undoes years of planning

    In 1987 – a full 42 years after the onset of the Manhattan Project – Congress settled on Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the permanent repository for more than 14,000 …


  • Hanford landfill may tell of history

    RICHLAND – Fifty-thousand people produce a lot of trash. Who knew their dumpsite could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places? A dusty, rural stretch of southeast Washington …


  • Okanogan fire destroys home, prompts evacuation

    Wildfires near Okanogan in north central Washington have destroyed one home and are threatening 50 others, prompting a mandatory evacuation of the area.


  • Editorial: Hanford assurances too familiar to taxpayers

    Residents of the Pacific Northwest can be forgiven if they don’t share the confidence and enthusiasm that a lineup of state and federal officials showed last week when they announced …


  • Feds inspecting Hanford nuclear power plant

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of the power plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation because of the electrical fire that shut it down.


  • New agreement reached on Hanford cleanup deadlines

    RICHLAND — Washington state and federal officials have agreed on new cleanup deadlines for the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.


  • Hanford plant shows progress

    RICHLAND – Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are approaching a turning point in building a massive waste treatment plant there, more than two years after the federal …


  • Hanford landfill draws concerns

    RICHLAND – A landfill for low-level radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site has room to expand, but an advisory board is concerned about the levels of radioactivity …


  • Workers dig up contaminated nests at Hanford

    YAKIMA – Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are conducting a sting operation to dig up radioactive wasp nests that could number in the thousands. Mud dauber wasps …


  • Radioactive wasps causing a buzz at Hanford

    Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are conducting a sting operation to dig up radioactive wasp nests that could number in the thousands.


  • Study probes interruptions at Hanford

    RICHLAND – Work to clean out nuclear waste from underground tanks and to build a plant to treat the waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was stopped 31 times over …


  • Hanford violators will get stimulus

    RICHLAND – Federal contractors that were heavily fined for environmental and safety violations at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site will receive much of the $2 billion in economic stimulus …


  • Hanford contractors ready to settle

    For the first time in the protracted Hanford downwinders lawsuit, the lead lawyer for government contractors said Tuesday his companies are ready to offer cash settlements to a few of …


  • Hanford project receives cleanup stimulus

    RICHLAND – The Department of Energy plans to spend about $2 billion in stimulus money to speed some of the cleanup at Washington’s highly contaminated Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Hanford will …


  • Hanford to receive nearly $2B for cleanup

    RICHLAND — The Department of Energy plans to spend about $2 billion in stimulus money to speed up cleanup at south-central Washington’s highly contaminated Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


  • Hanford active area may shrink

    KENNEWICK – The Department of Energy is proposing shrinking the portion of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that will need long-term active management to as little as 10 square miles at …


  • Court upholds state’s waste authority

    Washington state has authority to regulate mixed hazardous and transuranic wastes buried at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The decision upholds an …


  • Hanford cleanup faces changes, new challenges

    RICHLAND, Wash. – Each year, the federal government spends roughly $2 billion to rid the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site of toxic and radioactive waste. Now, winds of change are …


  • Ruling backs downwinders

    A major ruling Friday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for 1,000 to 2,000 Hanford “downwinders” to sue Hanford contractors for radiation damages.


  • New downwinder trials ordered

    Three of six “bellwether” plaintiffs in a massive lawsuit over the health impact of radioactive emissions from Hanford during nuclear weapons production will get new trials and a fourth will …


  • Verdict may help downwinders

    The half-billion dollar Valentine’s Day federal jury verdict in the Rocky Flats nuclear contamination case puts more pressure on the government to settle its remaining cases, including the big Hanford …


  • Jury rejects Rhodes’ lawsuit

    A federal jury on Wednesday rejected the claims of Shannon Rhodes, a Coeur d’Alene woman who said she was exposed as a child on the Palouse to clouds of radiation …


  • Hanford witness faced lawsuit

    A doctor testifying for Hanford contractors that people exposed to low doses of radiation from the nuclear facility are unlikely to get thyroid cancer was sued for unethical conduct in …


  • Hanford workers’ comp claims will get federal review

    YAKIMA – A federal institute has agreed to review workers’ compensation benefits available to former weapons workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., requested the review …


  • Downwinder has burden of proof, defense lawyer says

    Shannon Rhodes of Coeur d’Alene has a rare form of thyroid cancer that was not caused by radioactive contamination from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the 1940s, a lawyer for …


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