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UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

BOISE, Idaho – Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig …


Waiting on the weather to cover Hanford waste tunnel

About 150 concrete ecology blocks were hauled by flatbed trucks to central Hanford over the weekend for the next step in stabilizing a partially collapsed tunnel holding radioactively contaminated waste.


Depression in Hanford tunnel discovered by radiation workers

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the partial collapse of a waste storage tunnel last week.


Welcome to Nuketown USA: A look at the company town of the Hanford site

While a tunnel collapse over nuclear material at Hanford Nuclear Reservation made international news, it did little to shake a town full of residents who played a part in the …


Hanford tunnel collapse prompts some to ask: What’s the long-term solution for nuclear waste?

Tuesday’s collapse of an earthen tunnel at Hanford highlights long-standing concerns about the ways in which nuclear waste is stored.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s collapsed tunnel may have gone unnoticed

A hole that was discovered this week on top of a nuclear waste storage tunnel has been plugged with dirt, ending an emergency situation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, U.S. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

As workers fill collapsed tunnel at Hanford site, Inslee launches action against federal government

Workers have begun filling a caved in tunnel near the PUREX plant in the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site. About 50 truckloads of soil will be used to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Hanford warned in 2015 study that contaminated rail car tunnels at risk of collapse

Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy was warned that two tunnels containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were vulnerable to collapse.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Area around Hanford’s PUREX plant has been dumping ground for radioactive and chemical waste for years

For decades during the Cold War arms race, nuclear waste was dumped at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s sprawling 200 East and 200 West areas.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment

Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Nuke waste debate: Turn it into glass or encase in cement?

A new report says Congress should consider authorizing the Department of Energy to use grout to stabilize some of Hanford’s radioactive waste, rather than a more expensive plan to turn …


GAO report says government not doing enough against fraud, including at Hanford

A new report says the U.S. Department of Energy isn’t doing enough to prevent fraud among its contractors, including at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Budget deal provides solid budget for Hanford

That bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September would provide a solid budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation if approved this week.


Three accused of trespassing to collect elk antlers at Hanford

Three men have been accused of trespassing to collect deer and elk antlers on the Hanford nuclear reservation.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S.: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Washington state site

A shipment of nuclear waste from a commercial power plant located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state was improperly labeled when it was trucked to a commercial disposal …


Annual Hanford tours to start April 17

The annual tours of the Hanford portion of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will start on April 17.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Hanford workers demolish famous nuclear accident site

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished demolishing the site of a famous nuclear accident during the Cold War that exposed a man to the highest …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Senators urge new energy secretary to protect Hanford workers

Washington’s two U.S. senators brought the chemical vapors issue at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the attention of new Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking him to improve safety and make …


WSU Tri-Cities explores legacy of Hanford, Manhattan Project

Washington State University Tri-Cities will consider the legacy of the Manhattan Project in a conference this week that includes local and international speakers, tours and a well-known author introducing his …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant

For the first time in 60 years, Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant is off the electrical grid. Power has been disconnected for the safety of workers doing the final cleanout of …


Hanford ill worker compensation bill passes House

Legislation that could allow ill Hanford workers to more easily get worker compensation claims approved has been passed by the state House.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Report: Hanford vit plant failed to cancel unneeded purchases

Hanford officials failed to cancel some purchase orders after technical issues halted construction on part of the Hanford vitrification plant, according to the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.


Hanford project to keep uranium out of Columbia River

Work to keep uranium from leaching into the Columbia River at Hanford just north of Richland is being expanded after a test showed good results. Wells are being drilled now …


Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank

A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of …


Washington bill would help certain sick Hanford workers

Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to help former nuclear site workers with certain illnesses receive the needed care and compensation.


Trial delayed for Hanford chemical vapors case

A federal judge has again pushed back the trial date for a lawsuit over employee concerns about exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. KNDU-TV reported Monday that …


Radioactive spread halts Hanford nuclear facility demolition

The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has been put on pause after radioactive contamination spread outside the facility. The


Hanford vapors lawsuit heading to mediation

Parties in a lawsuit seeking better protection for Hanford workers from chemical vapors have agreed to pursue mediation, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Plaintiffs and defendants have asked U.S. …


Hanford contractor agrees to pay $5.3 million to settle timecard fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a contractor has agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle allegations that it knowingly bilked the government through a time-card scheme that …


New problem arises at Hanford

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