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Work to demolish Hanford plutonium plant could resume next week

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.


Hanford’s new budget is out. Trump isn’t going to be happy

A final spending bill for next year puts the Hanford nuclear reservation budget at $2.4 billion, well above the amount proposed by the Trump administration.


Wildfire burns at Hanford nuclear reservation

A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

There’s a problem with the records on 12,000 Hanford wells, audit finds

Hanford needs to do a better job in recording the status of the site’s approximately 12,000 wells that are either decommissioned or in use, according to a new audit report …


Second Hanford radioactive tunnel collapse expected. And it could be more severe

The possible collapse of a second Hanford tunnel storing radioactive waste is both more likely than thought a year ago and the effects potentially more severe, according to Hanford officials.


Fire at Hanford lab sends 2 workers to hospital

A fire at a laboratory on a former nuclear weapons production site has sent two workers to the hospital.


Plutonium-contaminated equipment taken into Richland by mistake

A radiologically contaminated piece of equipment left the Hanford nuclear reservation and was taken into north Richland by mistake, according to a message sent Wednesday afternoon to Hanford employees.


Hanford plan will leave land so clean you could put a house on it, feds say

A final plan for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation at the horn of the Columbia River will leave land clean enough to live on.


Feds tell Hanford contractor: ‘Don’t spend money unless we OK it’

Bechtel National is prohibited from making many large purchases at the Hanford vitrification plant without case-by-case Department of Energy approval after concerns were raised in an audit.


Hanford fire captains say their paychecks have been shortchanged

A dozen current or former Hanford fire captains or platoon sergeants are suing their employer over pay.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

More Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking

More of Hanford’s newest waste storage tanks could be at risk of developing leaks, according to a new evaluation.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 11:54 a.m.

Just north of Richland is one of state’s most endangered historic places

One of Washington state’s most endangered historic places is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland.


How empty are Hanford’s nuclear waste tanks? Not enough, says watchdog

A Hanford watchdog group is objecting as the Department of Energy takes the first step toward a plan to fill underground, radioactive waste storage tanks with concrete-like grout and leave …


Settlement reached in lawsuit over Hanford contracts

A former Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit involving millions of dollars in contracts intended for small businesses.


Wildfire burns through Hanford nuclear complex

A wildfire burned about 4.4 square miles of the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington.


Billions of Hanford dollars will stay separate under defense bill

The Department of Energy’s two Hanford offices would remain separate at least through 2024 under the defense spending authorization act approved by the U.S. House.


Despite spread of radioactive contamination, Hanford contractor earns $10 million

A Hanford environmental cleanup contractor has earned $9.9 million in incentive pay from the Department of Energy for its work at the nuclear reservation.


Ghost town bank lives again at nuclear reservation. You can visit

The bank in the ghost town of White Bluffs on the Hanford nuclear reservation has been rehabilitated and can be seen on Manhattan Project National Historical Park tours.


2 gallons of radioactive nuclear waste done. 56M gallons to go.

Researchers in Richland have done what the $17 billion vitrification plant at Hanford is intended to do – turn radioactive waste into a solid glass form.


$100 million lawsuit filed over Hanford pensions

A class-action lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of Hanford workers who lost pension benefits under a failed economic development program.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility.


Settlement of Hanford subcontracting lawsuit in limbo. Feds may fight more delays

No settlement agreement between a former Hanford contractor and the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in federal court by a Friday deadline.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Doubts raised that massive Hanford plant could open by 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy has doubts that a massive nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can open by a 2022 deadline.


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

This Nagasaki bomb survivor visits Hanford. ‘Do you understand my heart?’

Mitsugi Moriguchi stepped inside Hanford’s historic B Reactor on Friday, nearly every inch of his body covered in gear designed to protect against radiation. The memories of 72 years ago …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

Report says radioactive monitors failed at Hanford nuclear plant

A new report says mistakes and mismanagement are to blame for the exposure of workers to radioactive particles at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.


Trump administration proposes $230M cut for Hanford

The Trump administration is proposing a $230 million cut in cleanup spending at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in fiscal 2019.


Hanford workers report smelling vapors for 2nd day in a row

For the second day in a row, workers have reported mysterious odors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank farms.


Five workers at Hanford Site report suspicious smell

Workers at a former nuclear production complex in Washington state have reported smelling a suspicious odor.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Health agency concerned about Hanford contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant continues without better controls to prevent the …


Department of Health concerned about Hanford radioactive contamination spread

The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant resumes without better controls to prevent the …