Stories tagged: nuclear waste
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
The federal government will try to control, capture and eliminate dangerous vapors coming out of the nuclear waste tanks on the Hanford Reservation as a way to avoid a pending …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:52 p.m.
BOISE – Nearly a year after the death of former U.S. Interior Secretary and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, his eldest daughter stood outside the Idaho Capitol on Thursday determined to …
UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 10:08 p.m.
More of Hanford’s newest waste storage tanks could be at risk of developing leaks, according to a new evaluation.
Tue., June 12, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
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 …
Fri., June 8, 2018, 8:37 a.m.
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.
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
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.
UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 7:01 p.m.
U.S. officials are considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure this year so it can repackage radioactive waste brought in from …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Hanford regulators have ordered the Department of Energy not to restart demolition of the nuclear reservation’s highly radioactively contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant until regulators agree the work can be done …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
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: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility’s authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment.
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
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.
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
An underwater robot captured images of lava-like lumps Thursday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
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: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Federal officials say testing of a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate is making progress …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
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: Tue., June 13, 2017, 8:33 p.m.
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.
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 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 …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
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.
The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s abandoning a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground.
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.
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: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
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.
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.
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.