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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 …

New Hanford radiation cleanup deadlines proposed

The Department of Energy and its regulators have agreed to new legally binding environmental cleanup deadlines for radioactive waste that has been temporarily buried at central Hanford since 1970.

Hanford waste stranded by Yucca Mountain decision

The tanks are still there, 177 in all, packed with 53 million gallons of radioactive waste. One million gallons have leached into the desert soil.

Judge denies sick woman’s motion for speedy trial

A judge today denied a sick woman’s motion for an expedited trial in the long-running Hanford “downwinders” lawsuits.

Sick downwinder seeks trial

With the fingers of her right hand, Deborah Clark presses firmly on a gaping surgical hole in her neck. It’s the only way she can speak. The words that emerge …

In brief: Energy Department to discuss Hanford

The cleanup of underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be the topic of a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Red Lion …

Analysis warns Hanford cleanup would take decades

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal proposal for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site says radioactive contaminants from the sprawling Hanford nuclear reservation could threaten the Columbia River for …

Swarm of small quakes in past year under Hanford

In the past year about 2,000 small quakes have rattled an area under the Hanford nuclear reservation.

More Hanford downwinder claims going to trial

More Hanford downwinders could be going to trial to have their claims heard in a 19-year-old case.

State’s stimulus take hefty

In the race for stimulus dollars, Washington is well ahead of the pack in winning valuable government contracts. Federal contracts awarded to companies and government agencies in the state are …

Excavators unearthing a bottled-up history

RICHLAND – A glass beer bottle with a faded label that says “brewed in Walla Walla.” Two children’s marbles. A 1938 Buick Roadmaster hubcap. Heavy white ceramic shaving mugs. And …

GAO suggests leaving more waste in Hanford tanks

The Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department should consider leaving more waste in underground tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Study: Higher cancer rates for Hanford workers

Former Hanford construction workers have an increased risk of death from a blood cancer linked to radiation and another cancer linked to asbestos, according to a new study.

Hanford landfill may tell of history

RICHLAND – Fifty-thousand people produce a lot of trash. Who knew their dumpsite could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places? A dusty, rural stretch of southeast Washington …

Editorial: Hanford assurances too familiar to taxpayers

Residents of the Pacific Northwest can be forgiven if they don’t share the confidence and enthusiasm that a lineup of state and federal officials showed last week when they announced …

Feds inspecting Hanford nuclear power plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of the power plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation because of the electrical fire that shut it down.

Hanford gets new timeline

RICHLAND – Washington state and federal officials announced a court-enforceable schedule Tuesday for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, ending more than two years of negotiations that followed …

New agreement reached on Hanford cleanup deadlines

RICHLAND — Washington state and federal officials have agreed on new cleanup deadlines for the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.

Work to start on Hanford K reactors burial ground

RICHLAND — A Pocatello, Idaho, company has won a $9 million contract to clean up a burial site at the Hanford nuclear reservation that contains radiation-contaminated waste.

Hanford considered for national mercury storage

The Hanford nuclear reservation is one of seven sites the Energy Department is considering as a national, long-term storage site for mercury.

Stimulus recipients have past problems

WASHINGTON – A private company was being paid $300 million by the federal government to clean up radioactive waste at two abandoned Cold War plants in Tennessee when an ironworker …

Settlements being readied for some downwinders

For the first time in the protracted Hanford downwinders lawsuit, the lead lawyer for government contractors said Tuesday his companies are ready to offer cash settlements to a few of …

Hanford contractors announce hiring plans

Hanford contractors say they are making quick work of identifying candidates for at least 600 positions they expect to fill in about the next six weeks with federal money to …

All Hanford nuclear reservation tours booked

The free public tours of the Hanford nuclear reservation are all booked. Radio station KONA reports all 2,500 slots were filled Monday morning by online registration.

Hanford active area may shrink

KENNEWICK – The Department of Energy is proposing shrinking the portion of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that will need long-term active management to as little as 10 square miles at …

9th Circuit sides with state on Hanford waste

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Washington does have authority over certain radioactive waste mixed with hazardous chemicals at Hanford.