Stories tagged: Hanford
THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 5:39 P.M.
Hanford contractor agrees to pay $5.3 million to settle timecard fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a contractor has agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle allegations that it knowingly bilked the government through a time-card scheme that …
SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2017
New problem arises at Hanford
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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 12:22 P.M.
Washington nuclear power plant sets generation record
A Washington nuclear power plant has set a record for annual generation despite two unexpected outages in 2016.
TUESDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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, …
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak
Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016, 1:46 P.M.
Energy Department raises price tag to $16 billion for Hanford plant
The price tag for a long-delayed facility to treat dangerous radioactive wastes left over from the production of nuclear weapons has climbed from $12 billion to $16.8 billion, making it …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 1:04 P.M.
Richland nuclear plant barred from shipping waste after incident
Energy Northwest is temporarily barred from sending waste to a commercial disposal site at Hanford after a shipment in November had more radioactivity than reported.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 6:14 A.M.
Trump team asks about Hanford, national labs
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked about the Hanford vitrification plant in a questionnaire circulated at the Department of Energy, along with questions about the work of national laboratories …
MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 3:57 P.M.
Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant
Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.
THURSDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 7:09 A.M.
More Hanford workers report possible tank vapors
Three more Hanford workers reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor Thursday afternoon in central Hanford and received medical evaluations.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016, 2:21 P.M.
Hanford workers don’t trust vapor management, report says
Many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation do not trust the way the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor are managing the issue of chemical vapors that are sickening …
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 7:49 A.M.
Hanford vapor lawsuit may be delayed again
The state of Washington and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed over Hanford chemical vapor protection have asked that the trial be delayed five months.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2016, 4:08 P.M.
Washington’s Manhattan Project park celebrates first year
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Hanford is a year old and proving to be quite popular.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 2:49 P.M.
Federal prosecutors: Hanford contractors to pay $125 million settlement
Federal prosecutors say Bechtel National Inc. and a subcontractor have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a lawsuit alleging subpar work in the construction of a nuclear waste treatment …
THURSDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016, 2:50 P.M.
Motion to dismiss Hanford lawsuit rejected by federal judge
A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington state over worker safety issues on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
TUESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 12:43 P.M.
Hanford cleanup project ends in success after 25 years
A 25-year project to suck up a cancer-causing chemical from the soil in central Hanford has ended in success.
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 12:17 P.M.
State blasts DOE claim that Hanford workers are protected
Wednesday a federal court judge is scheduled to hear arguments in Spokane on the state’s request for a preliminary injunction requiring the Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River …
FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2016, 12:07 P.M.
Demolition of hazardous Hanford building just weeks away
The demolition of one of the most hazardous buildings at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is set to begin in coming weeks.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016, 12:46 P.M.
Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks
New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016, 1:37 P.M.
Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000
A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising …
MONDAY, 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.
MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016, 10:13 A.M.
CH2M Hill adds 300 employees, takes on more Hanford work
About 300 Hanford workers become employees of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. or its subcontractors Aug. 29. After 11 years, Hanford Washington Closure is wrapping up its contract at the …