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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • New leak discovered at Hanford

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


  • Report rips Hanford work

    RICHLAND – A strongly worded new report from a congressional watchdog agency questions whether an often-delayed and increasingly expensive waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site can …


  • 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.

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