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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.


Work to start on Hanford K reactors burial ground

RICHLAND — A Pocatello, Idaho, company has won a $9 million contract to clean up a burial site at the Hanford nuclear reservation that contains radiation-contaminated waste.


Hanford considered for national mercury storage

The Hanford nuclear reservation is one of seven sites the Energy Department is considering as a national, long-term storage site for mercury.


Stimulus recipients have past problems

WASHINGTON – A private company was being paid $300 million by the federal government to clean up radioactive waste at two abandoned Cold War plants in Tennessee when an ironworker …


Settlements being readied for some downwinders

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 contractors announce hiring plans

Hanford contractors say they are making quick work of identifying candidates for at least 600 positions they expect to fill in about the next six weeks with federal money to …


All Hanford nuclear reservation tours booked

The free public tours of the Hanford nuclear reservation are all booked. Radio station KONA reports all 2,500 slots were filled Monday morning by online registration.


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 …


9th Circuit sides with state on Hanford waste

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Washington does have authority over certain radioactive waste mixed with hazardous chemicals at Hanford.


Stimulus package to create 4,400 jobs at Hanford

TRI-CITIES — The Energy Department projects that $2 billion from the federal stimulus package will create 4,400 jobs at the Hanford nuclear reservation.


Washington state, feds agree on Hanford cleanup

KENNEWICK, Wash. — State and federal officials have agreed to new deadlines for cleaning up groundwater and some radioactive waste areas at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, but a …


A time of transition at Hanford

RICHLAND – 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 blowing …


Contract extended for Hanford services

Fluor Hanford’s contract to provide support services at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been extended six months. The Energy Department’s action keeps about 1,700 Fluor employees working on utilities, security, …


Then & Now: Wrestler cleaning up Hanford

Wrestlers being wrestlers can at times live life on the edge. It seems appropriate that one of them, Mike Reed, would find his calling in a hazardous business. For the …


Ruling may clear way for Hanford payout

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractors in the massive downwinders lawsuit, raising hopes for a legal settlement for as many as 2,000 radiation-exposed …


Hanford: cleaning up mess will require better management

Last of five parts In the 21st century, nuclear undertakers will bury Hanford’s bomb-making past in the desert soil. They will demolish the brooding gray plutonium reactors that sucked water …


Hanford’s plutonium finishing plant

The Plutonium Finishing Plant was built in 1951 to turn plutonium-rich liquids into solid forms that fuel the guts of nuclear bombs. The secret, heavily-guarded facility was code-named Z Plant. …


Whistleblower found himself out of a job

When Michael Bott flagged a Hanford accounting violation seven years ago, he thought he’d be praised. He was wrong. Nine months after Bott objected to more than $200,000 in improperly …


Hanford: Lawyers get rich on fees paid by taxpayers

Fourth of five parts On a winter’s night in 1992, five lawyers sat down to dinner at Ray’s Boathouse, a fancy Seattle restaurant with a stunning view of Puget Sound …


Hanford: the money trail

Third of 5 parts The new luxury homes, shimmering ponds and golf course greens loom above the golden desert like an opulent mirage. Across town in the Tri-Cities, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, …


Hanford: is anybody watching?

(Second of five parts) Money has always come easily for Hanford. When Gen. Leslie Groves built the first atomic bomb there in 1944, his first check from the U.S. Treasury …


The nuclear mess at Hanford

Hanford is one of 17 large nuclear weapons plants in the country. Most of the approximately 75 tons of plutonium made there went to the stockpile of nuclear warheads during …


Hanford: will it ever be clean?

Imagine a giant tank brimming with enough deadly radioactive goo to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Now picture 177 of those tanks, all buried underground, some leaking their contents into …


River of money at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Billions of U.S. tax dollars wind like the Columbia River through the Tri-Cities before soaking into the desert sand. This flood of federal cash is supposed to clean up Hanford’s …


Hanford timeline

Hanford timeline