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Hanford studying possible leak in second radioactive waste tank

Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the …


Hanford workers pump leaked waste back into tank

Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank

Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste are raising concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and workers are preparing to pump out the area of the …


Idaho listed as possible site for nuclear waste storage

The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.


UPDATED: Tue., April 12, 2016, 8:39 p.m.

Hanford contractor eligible for $18.8M in incentives

A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has received $18.8 million in incentive pay from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work last year.


Nuclear power plant near Richland resumes operations

The state’s only nuclear power plant has resumed generating electricity after suffering an unplanned shutdown on Monday.


Sen. Murray questions DOE commitment to all Hanford cleanup

The Obama administration’s proposed Hanford budget seems to foreshadow declaring a cleanup victory, leaving critical work unfinished, Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday.


Emptying to start on Hanford tank with interior leak

Work to empty Hanford’s oldest double-shell tank is expected to start anytime as a March 4 deadline looms.


Latest estimate to clean Hanford is $107 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.


Radiation blown onto highway at Hanford ‘alarming’ to EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency says the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming.


Hanford board says proposed cleanup deadline too extreme

The Hanford Advisory board says a proposed change in deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the reservation is too extreme.


Pritikin: Hanford park history must include Downwinders

New Manhattan Project Historic National Park should memorialize domestic radiation victims.


WSU contributed to groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves

Professors and graduate students from Washington State University were among more than 1,000 researchers involved in the worldwide effort to detect gravitational waves and confirm Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. …


Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.


Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

SEATTLE — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from …


Nuclear bomb history worthy of skepticism

Earlier this summer, I was in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. That day, and for the next two days, my attention continued to be drawn to the hills …


Editorial: Atomic bomb development worth of national park

Seventy years ago next month, the United States unleashed the most terrible weapon yet used. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945 persuaded Japan to …


New Hanford site tour offered

The story of the Hanford site prior to nuclear development is the focus of a new public tour offered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland office.


Recordings of people who built Hanford available to public

KENNEWICK — During World War II, Phil Gardner traveled more than 100,000 miles to recruit workers for the secret project at Hanford, having not the slightest idea what was being …


Efforts to create Manhattan Project park advance

Plans to create a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which includes the B Reactor at Hanford, have advanced in Congress.


State AG says he’ll sue Hanford to protect workers from harmful vapors

Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, state …


Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility

RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …


‘Atomic Man’ room set for cleanup

Workers are preparing to enter one of the more dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician, later nicknamed the …


Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford

OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …


Washington state tells feds to hurry up on leaking Hanford tank

OLYMPIA – Washington wants the federal government to start pumping radioactive sludge out of a leaking tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation by September rather than waiting a couple of …


Hanford contractors decline to comment on whistleblowers

WASHINGTON – Contractors handling the cleanup and redevelopment of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation wouldn’t answer questions from lawmakers on Tuesday about whether two employees were fired for raising safety concerns. …


Hanford cleanup money cut back in Obama budget plan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has proposed cutting $67 million from efforts to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site, drawing the ire of lawmakers from both sides of the …


Hanford 300 Area cleanup plan released

The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday issued its final cleanup plan for the 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and …


North Central rallies by Rogers

This time, it was North Central playing the role of second-half spoiler. A week after blowing a large lead and ultimately losing, the Indians (2-8) woke up after a lackluster …


Editorial: Hanford cleanup’s toxic legacy continues

The U.S. Energy Department says fat chance of meeting interim deadlines for cleaning up the nuclear site that produced Fat Boy, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, which accelerated the …