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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Where should Hanford be regulated from — Seattle or Tri-Cities?

The Environmental Protection Agency is advertising for a new Hanford nuclear reservation program manager, but the person may not live or work in the Tri-Cities.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

Seven leaks found in Hanford’s oldest double-walled tank

Inspectors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in south-central Washington state have found at least seven leaks in the site’s oldest double-walled radioactive waste storage tank.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Four-month delay in details of plutonium release at Hanford raises questions

The announcement this month that 31 Hanford workers were contaminated from a June 8 incident is raising more questions about how government agencies alert the public about the test results …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

State investigates possibly contaminated liquid dumped at Hanford

The Washington State Department of Ecology is investigating a report of potentially contaminated liquid dumped into the ground at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in August.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

How Hanford is cleaned up could change under federal review

The Hanford-area community will be allowed to weigh in as the Department of Energy considers possible shifts in how environmental cleanup is done at Hanford, according to a DOE official …


31 Hanford workers test positive for radioactive contamination

Thirty-one Hanford nuclear reservation workers inhaled very small amounts of radioactive material after a take-cover order for a contamination spread June 8.