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Ghost town bank lives again at nuclear reservation. You can visit

The bank in the ghost town of White Bluffs on the Hanford nuclear reservation has been rehabilitated and can be seen on Manhattan Project National Historical Park tours.


2 gallons of radioactive nuclear waste done. 56M gallons to go.

Researchers in Richland have done what the $17 billion vitrification plant at Hanford is intended to do – turn radioactive waste into a solid glass form.


$100 million lawsuit filed over Hanford pensions

A class-action lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of Hanford workers who lost pension benefits under a failed economic development program.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility.


Settlement of Hanford subcontracting lawsuit in limbo. Feds may fight more delays

No settlement agreement between a former Hanford contractor and the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in federal court by a Friday deadline.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Doubts raised that massive Hanford plant could open by 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy has doubts that a massive nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can open by a 2022 deadline.


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

This Nagasaki bomb survivor visits Hanford. ‘Do you understand my heart?’

Mitsugi Moriguchi stepped inside Hanford’s historic B Reactor on Friday, nearly every inch of his body covered in gear designed to protect against radiation. The memories of 72 years ago …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

Report says radioactive monitors failed at Hanford nuclear plant

A new report says mistakes and mismanagement are to blame for the exposure of workers to radioactive particles at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.


Trump administration proposes $230M cut for Hanford

The Trump administration is proposing a $230 million cut in cleanup spending at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in fiscal 2019.


Hanford workers report smelling vapors for 2nd day in a row

For the second day in a row, workers have reported mysterious odors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank farms.


Five workers at Hanford Site report suspicious smell

Workers at a former nuclear production complex in Washington state have reported smelling a suspicious odor.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Health agency concerned about Hanford contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant continues without better controls to prevent the …


Department of Health concerned about Hanford radioactive contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant resumes without better controls to prevent the …


More radioactive contamination triggers management change at Hanford

The Department of Energy is replacing the managers of a critical radioactive clean-up project after the continued spread of contamination on the Hanford site.


Ill Hanford workers face a maze of benefit programs. This new center is coming to the rescue

The Department of Energy plans to open a new center in Richland to help ill Hanford workers and their survivors sort out their options for compensation and care.


$15M lawsuit filed over wildfire that threatened Hanford

Lower Yakima Valley cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense for nearly $15 million for damage to their land and livelihood after a 2016 wildfire.


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: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Nuclear engineer to lead agency that oversees Hanford cleanup

President Donald Trump has nominated a new head for the Department of Energy’s environmental management program, which is responsible for 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.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

More radioactively contaminated vehicles found at Hanford

The number of vehicles with specks of radioactive material has increased to 19 as checks continue at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant continue.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Kennewick mayor, Hanford contractor hit with $8.1M verdict. Now they want a retrial

A Department of Energy contractor and its employee, the Kennewick mayor, are asking for a new trial after a jury awarded $8.1 million for retaliation and discrimination against a former …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

No nuclear contamination found at homes of Hanford workers

No radioactive contamination has been found at the homes of seven Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers that were surveyed this week.


Work delayed at Hanford project over worker safety

A major demolition project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was halted for two days this week after air monitors worn by several workers showed they might have inhaled radioactive particles.


Trial delayed again in lawsuit involving Hanford vapors

Trial in a federal court lawsuit over chemical vapors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been delayed again.


Union agrees. Some Hanford chemical vapor protection can be reduced

The Hanford tank farm contractor and union leadership have agreed to ease respiratory restrictions around some of the nuclear reservation’s stored waste for the second time.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Survey says Tri-Cities a big fan of nuclear energy

The Tri-Cities really, really likes its nuclear energy.


3-year-old Hanford vapors lawsuit may be delayed again

Parties to the Hanford nuclear reservation chemical vapors lawsuit have asked a federal judge to delay the trial by 90 days, or more than three years after it was filed.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Workers finish cleaning up nuclear burial ground

Workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished cleaning up one of the nation’s most contaminated radioactive waste sites, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.


19 years later, Hanford’s 1st radioactive tank farm emptied

The Department of Energy looks to have finished a major project, emptying radioactive and hazardous chemical waste from an entire tank farm.


Nuclear safety board warns of trouble ahead at Hanford, but could lose role under Trump

An unfinished $16.8 billion complex to treat chemical and radioactive waste at the Hanford site in Central Washington continues to have problems that risk explosions and radioactive releases from unintended …