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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 …


More Hanford cleanup delays, agency warns

The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most-polluted nuclear site, the agency said Wednesday. The Energy Department issued …


Oregon Sen. Wyden wants Hanford whistle-blower answers

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on Wednesday demanded to know why a Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistle-blower has lost his job. Walter Tamosaitis last week was laid off by URS Corp. after …


Hanford whistleblower says layoff was retribution

KENNEWICK – Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis was laid off last week after 44 years of employment with URS Corp., he said. Three years ago he lost his position as research …


One of last Hanford 300 Area buildings coming down

RICHLAND – One of the final buildings that will be demolished in the Hanford 300 Area is coming down. An industrial city once stood just north of Richland to support …


Fixes promised for waste plant

RICHLAND – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday he intends to have a new plan by the end of the summer for resolving technical problems with a waste treatment plant …


Energy secretary to visit Hanford

RICHLAND — New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was set to make his first visit today to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site since being confirmed by the Senate last month.


Plant may lack space for Hanford waste

A national repository may run out of space for the hottest radioactive waste it was designed to store if changes are not made, according to an audit by the Department …


Ten managers indicted in Hanford timecard scheme

RICHLAND – A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard …


Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …


Hanford waste may move

RICHLAND – Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico, giving the government more flexibility to deal with leaking …


Spin Control: Explaining Hanford takes pivot to hoops

OLYMPIA – As most of official Olympia stared at their computers Thursday morning awaiting the state Supremes’ decision on tax supermajorities, a handful of legislators got a briefing on something …


New Hanford leak found

OLYMPIA – A new leak has been discovered in a nuclear waste storage tank at Hanford. Gov. Jay Inslee, in a hastily called news conference, said he was advised of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 5:11 p.m.

New leak discovered at Hanford

A new leak has been discovered in a nuclear waste storage tank at Hanford, authorities disclosed today.