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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

6 Hanford workers report smelling possible chemical vapors

Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation reported an onionlike smell Wednesday afternoon that may have been chemical vapors.

Kennewick builder wins $11.3M Hanford contract

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.

Former Hanford worker awarded $8 million in retaliation case

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.

Wife of business head agrees to pay $235,000 after exposed as shell company at Hanford

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.

Richland nuclear plant OK’d to ship radioactive waste

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.

Crews start injecting grout into collapsed Hanford tunnel

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.

Researchers using Hanford gravitational waves lab win Nobel Prize in Physics

Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work discovering gravitational waves, bolstering Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Judge won’t restore pensions for retired Hanford workers

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 …

Whistleblower helps secure $2 million settlement over contract rigging at Hanford

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.

Hanford waste dug up, groundwater cleaned. Thanks go in part to retiring EPA official

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.

Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver

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.

Plutonium detected in air at Hanford nuclear reservation

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.

Energy Northwest under ‘no touch’ order during heat wave

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 …

Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list

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.

House passes better Hanford budget than Trump administration wanted

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 …

Hanford workers exposed to vapors could seek help at proposed center

The Department of Energy would be required to establish a resource center to help Hanford workers exposed to chemical vapors, under proposed federal legislation.

“Her Royal Highness Queen Kathie” was tough, mean and loved by many

Longtime “Queen of the Bitches” Kathie Bross has passed away, her purple tiara passing to a successor.

Stack demolished at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

A landmark on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is gone, after the big ventilation stack at the Plutonium Finishing Plant was demolished.

Cantwell says Hanford Reach no longer under federal review

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.

Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment

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.

Aircraft fighting 20,000-acre wildfire near Hanford grounded after drone spotted

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.

Senator questions Hanford plant subcontracting change

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 …

Wildfire burning near Hanford site

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.

DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects

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.

More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says

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.

Hanford workers report possible chemical vapor exposure

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

Hanford workers report possible vapor exposure

Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and additional workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation Tuesday …

State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover

Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …

Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout

A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.