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  • 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 …

  • 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 …



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