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  • 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 …


  • 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 …

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