Stories tagged: Hanford
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Plutonium detected in air at Hanford nuclear reservation
State health officials say radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Energy Northwest under ‘no touch’ order during heat wave
The Bonneville Power Administration asked Energy Northwest not to do any significant maintenance or surveillance that in any way would jeopardize the Columbia Generating Station from operating at 100 percent …
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list
The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
House passes better Hanford budget than Trump administration wanted
The U.S. House passed a package of appropriation bills that included a budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation for the next fiscal year before members scattered for a five-week summer …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Hanford workers exposed to vapors could seek help at proposed center
The Department of Energy would be required to establish a resource center to help Hanford workers exposed to chemical vapors, under proposed federal legislation.
Sat., July 22, 2017
“Her Royal Highness Queen Kathie” was tough, mean and loved by many
Longtime “Queen of the Bitches” Kathie Bross has passed away, her purple tiara passing to a successor.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
Stack demolished at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant
A landmark on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is gone, after the big ventilation stack at the Plutonium Finishing Plant was demolished.
Wed., July 12, 2017, 8 p.m.
Cantwell says Hanford Reach no longer under federal review
Sen. Maria Cantwell says the Hanford Reach National Monument in eastern Washington is no longer under review for possible changes to the protections created for the natural landmark.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
Aircraft fighting 20,000-acre wildfire near Hanford grounded after drone spotted
An aerial drone hampered efforts on Tuesday to extinguish a fire that recently crossed into the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Central Washington. The air tactical group noticed the drone hovering …
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 10 p.m.
Senator questions Hanford plant subcontracting change
A U.S. senator is questioning the new subcontracting arrangement at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s vitrification plant. Bechtel National announced in January that it and its primary subcontractor were forming a …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:09 a.m.
Wildfire burning near Hanford site
A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says
Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
Hanford workers report possible chemical vapor exposure
Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and other workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors Tuesday morning at the nuclear …
UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 8:33 p.m.
Hanford workers report possible vapor exposure
Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and additional workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation Tuesday …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland
The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 11:31 p.m.
Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover
Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout
A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1:31 p.m.
Bechtel earns $7.2 million in incentive pay for managing Hanford vit plant
The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup
Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Department of Energy ends plans for test to dispose of Hanford waste capsules
The Department of Energy is dropping plans for a test meant to see if some Hanford nuclear waste could be disposed of in a deep borehole.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
Trump proposes $120 million budget cut at Hanford despite trouble
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concern about worker safety at the former …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.
Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site
Workers this weekend finished installing a protective cover over a partially-collapsed tunnel that contained radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Radioactive contamination found on clothes of Hanford worker
A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing this week during an incident at an underground waste storage tank that indicated a …
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:40 a.m.
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.
Mon., May 15, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
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.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
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 …