Stories tagged: nuclear waste
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.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
While a tunnel collapse over nuclear material at Hanford Nuclear Reservation made international news, it did little to shake a town full of residents who played a part in the …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:23 p.m.
Area around Hanford’s PUREX plant has been dumping ground for radioactive and chemical waste for years
For decades during the Cold War arms race, nuclear waste was dumped at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s sprawling 200 East and 200 West areas.