Stories tagged: Hanford
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Thirty-one Hanford nuclear reservation workers inhaled very small amounts of radioactive material after a take-cover order for a contamination spread June 8.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation reported an onionlike smell Wednesday afternoon that may have been chemical vapors.
Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 7:54 p.m.
Apollo Inc. of Kennewick has been awarded an $11.3 million subcontract to prepare the Hanford building sitting above a highly radioactive spill for the installation of cleanup equipment.
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 7:17 p.m.
A Benton County Superior Court jury awarded $8.1 million to former Hanford manager Julie Atwood in a verdict Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
The wife of a vice president of a company that already paid a $2 million settlement has agreed to pay $235,000 after a whistle blower showed she headed the shell …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Energy Northwest has had its privileges to ship radioactive waste to a commercial disposal site on the Hanford nuclear reservation reinstated.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have started injecting grout into a partially collapsed tunnel that contains radioactive wastes left over from the production of nuclear weapons.
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.
Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work discovering gravitational waves, bolstering Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 10:08 a.m.
A federal court ruling says the Department of Energy had no obligation to continue full pension benefits for Hanford nuclear reservation workers who were required to switch from one employer …
Fri., Sept. 22, 2017
A whistleblower has been paid $470,000 out of a $2 million settlement after successfully challenging what she and government prosecutors say was a shell company at the Hanford nuclear site.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 8:12 p.m.
The Tri-Cities’ top federal regulatory official for the Hanford nuclear reservation has retired after more than eight years in the job.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
State health officials say radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
The Bonneville Power Administration asked Energy Northwest not to do any significant maintenance or surveillance that in any way would jeopardize the Columbia Generating Station from operating at 100 percent …
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
The U.S. House passed a package of appropriation bills that included a budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation for the next fiscal year before members scattered for a five-week summer …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
The Department of Energy would be required to establish a resource center to help Hanford workers exposed to chemical vapors, under proposed federal legislation.
Sat., July 22, 2017
Longtime “Queen of the Bitches” Kathie Bross has passed away, her purple tiara passing to a successor.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
A landmark on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is gone, after the big ventilation stack at the Plutonium Finishing Plant was demolished.
Wed., July 12, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sen. Maria Cantwell says the Hanford Reach National Monument in eastern Washington is no longer under review for possible changes to the protections created for the natural landmark.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
An aerial drone hampered efforts on Tuesday to extinguish a fire that recently crossed into the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Central Washington. The air tactical group noticed the drone hovering …
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 10 p.m.
A U.S. senator is questioning the new subcontracting arrangement at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s vitrification plant. Bechtel National announced in January that it and its primary subcontractor were forming a …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and other workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors Tuesday morning at the nuclear …