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Hanford manager replaced

RICHLAND – A top U.S. Department of Energy manager at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been replaced by the manager of the department’s Los Alamos Site Office in New Mexico. …


Hanford offers sent to hundreds

A law firm representing several nuclear contractors has sent confidential settlement offers to hundreds of plaintiffs exposed to radiation from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation during World War II and the …


Energy chief to visit Hanford

Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to visit Hanford in June to hold a town hall and other meetings to discuss safety issues with vitrification plant workers. No date has been …


Hanford tower taken down during cleanup

RICHLAND – A guard tower that stood over the Columbia River at Hanford for half a century came crashing to the ground Wednesday. “It’s really an iconic symbol of Hanford …


Hanford N Reactor guard tower pulled down

RICHLAND — The historic Hanford guard tower that stood above the Columbia River for a half-century has been pulled to the ground.


Hanford safety reports offer contradictory views

YAKIMA — Workers who are designing and building a waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site generally are not reluctant to raise safety concerns, even though there …


Groups: Hanford study underpredicted levels

A $27 million government study to estimate radiation doses received by the public from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s weapons factories is being called into question by other scientific organizations and …


Atomic Man still has lessons to teach after 35 years

Thirty-five years after Hanford’s “Atomic Man” was sprayed with americium in the nuclear reservation’s worst radioactive accident, the case still has lessons for workers at the Department of Energy’s nuclear …


$12 billion may not be enough to finish Hanford plant

The Department of Energy may not be able to complete the Hanford vitrification plant for the projected $12.2 billion, according to an internal DOE document.


Hanford cleanup safety doubts raised

LOS ANGELES – The Energy Department has asserted that Bechtel Corp. underplayed safety risks from equipment it is installing at the nation’s largest nuclear waste cleanup project, according to government …


DOE offers to settle claims

The U.S. Department of Energy has tentatively agreed to settle the claims of 139 people with thyroid disease – the largest settlement so far in a massive civil suit brought …


U.S. settles with some Hanford downwinders

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to settle the claims of 139 people with thyroid disease — the largest settlement so far in a massive civil suit brought by …


$24 million plant to treat ground water at Hanford

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Construction has been completed on a $24 million plant to treat contaminated ground water near Hanford’s former H Reactor near the Columbia River. CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation …


Defense safety board criticizes Hanford project

A lax safety culture that deters timely reporting and resolution of technical concerns is endangering the success of a $12.2 billion plant being built at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear …


Book Notes: Hanford’s legacy detailed in new books

Here are two new books about a crucial and controversial issue in our region: • “Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West” (University of Washington Press, $24.95), by John …


Novel depicts radioactive waste spill at Hanford

The plot: A deadly earthquake rips through the Hanford nuclear reservation, erupting a graveyard of radioactive waste and releasing a flood of doom that threatens thousands of Tri-Citians. A Silicon …


Lasting home elusive for used Hanford fuel

Critics challenging the safety of Washington state’s only commercial nuclear power plant say it should not get its license renewed until all questions about the integrity of its spent fuel …


Caldwell: Nuclear vision needn’t be clouded

The agonizing struggle of the Japanese to avoid further catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex necessarily has many rethinking the rethinking about nuclear energy’s future. Many hoped fission would …


Hanford downwinder succumbs to illness

Deborah Clark, who was among those suing Hanford contractors over her thyroid cancer, has died.


Plaintiffs’ lawyers decry Hanford payment offers

Sparks flew in U.S. District Court in Spokane Wednesday over settlement offers to 234 people with thyroid cancer who were exposed to radiation from Hanford in the early rush to …


Hanford radiation plaintiff near death

A woman suing Hanford contractors over her thyroid cancer, whose request for an expedited federal trial was denied last year by a Spokane judge, lies near death in a Longview, …


Hanford downwinder Clark moved to hospice care

A woman suing Hanford contractors over her thyroid cancer, whose request for an expedited federal trial was denied last year by a Spokane judge, lies near death in a Longview, …


WSU regents OK deal for new Tri-Cities lab

The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved a deal with Hanford contractor Energy Solutions to build a lab near the WSU Tri-Cities campus.


Heavy security part of Hanford plant’s past

HANFORD, Wash. – The Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford has lost much of its sinister look. Metal detectors, razor wire, guns and dogs have become part of its past.


Highly contaminated soil found at Hanford

Workers have found a nasty surprise beneath a Hanford building just north of Richland – highly contaminated soil from an undiscovered leak.


Some Hanford workers offered buyouts

RICHLAND – The Department of Energy is offering employment buyouts for 69 of the approximately 410 employees at its Hanford offices in Richland. The move is unrelated to the federal …


Rail track recycling saves money on Hanford cleanup

RICHLAND – Hanford railroad track, some of it more than a century old, is being pulled up to get yet another life – but after testing for radioactivity. Washington Closure …


DOE suggests tearing down reactor at Hanford

RICHLAND – A key Department of Energy report is recommending that the K East Reactor be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford’s other reactors. …


Hanford workers digging up hazardous wastes

Work is nearly complete to help identify the type and amount of radioactive and hazardous materials at the 618-10 Burial Ground, one of the most hazardous sites on the Hanford …


More Hanford fraud alleged

Five more people have been accused of criminal fraud in connection with phony expenses submitted to Hanford contractors in the Tri-Cities. In a recent indictment filed in Spokane’s U.S. District …