Stories tagged: nuclear waste
Mon., April 10, 2017, 2 p.m.
Shipping resumes to only US underground nuclear waste dump
The nation’s only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 6 a.m.
Is Yucca Mountain once again America’s nuclear waste dump?
Thirty years after Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was designated as America’s only dumping ground for nuclear waste, not a single isotope has been sent there.
Fri., March 3, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
Idaho nuclear waste retrieval complete, underway since 2003
Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project near Idaho Falls is complete.
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank
A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 8:54 a.m.
Testing to begin at Idaho nuclear waste treatment plant
Testing is set to resume at a federally-managed nuclear waste treatment plant west of Idaho Falls.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Idaho nuclear waste cleanup effort nearly complete
Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is nearly complete.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 9:50 a.m.
Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak
Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 3:55 p.m.
U.S. wants to build Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste
The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy want to build a $1.6 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that would handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 5:06 p.m.
State fines feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste
State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 11:03 a.m.
Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern …
Wed., June 1, 2016, 3:18 p.m.
Regulator warns of long, costly cleanup at Los Alamos lab
New Mexico’s top environmental regulator says it could take the federal government another decade and more than $4 billion to clean up the hazardous waste and contamination remaining at one …
Tue., May 31, 2016
Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state
When Cecil Andrus closed Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste, the former Democratic governor’s decisive action captured the attention of the nation and put pressure on the federal government to remove …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 9:52 a.m.
Hanford workers pump leaked waste back into tank
Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Mon., April 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Nuclear waste tank leak at Hanford not a risk, state says
Nuclear waste material was leaking into the containment area of a Hanford tank, but doesn’t pose a risk to the public, a state agency said.
Wed., April 13, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Idaho listed as possible site for nuclear waste storage
The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 9:38 a.m.
Latest estimate to clean Hanford is $107 billion
The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.
Sun., June 7, 2015
Beatrice Brailsford: Nuclear waste deal wrong for Idaho
At the beginning of 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy succeeded in wresting a preliminary agreement from Idaho’s governor and attorney general to allow two shipments of “research quantities” of …
Fri., March 6, 2015
Andrus, Batt fight plan to bring spent nuclear fuel rods to Idaho for research
BOISE – Former Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt fired off a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy on Thursday threatening a federal lawsuit over a deal between …
Tue., Sept. 9, 2014
Editorial: Hanford resolution a hostage of politics
Death, taxes, and more time to clean up Hanford. Those are the certainties of life in Washington, but the state is pushing back against the latest federal request for permission …
Sun., Aug. 10, 2014
Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility
RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …
Sat., April 19, 2014
Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup
OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …
Tue., April 1, 2014
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 …
Tue., March 18, 2014
Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says
OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …
Wed., March 12, 2014
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. …
Wed., March 5, 2014
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 …
Tue., Aug. 13, 2013, 1:46 p.m.
Court orders work to continue on Yucca repository
The federal government must resume work on a repository in Nevada that would take the high-level nuclear waste from Hanford, a federal court said today.
Sat., June 22, 2013
Inslee: Speed up Hanford cleanup
Gov. Jay Inslee called for the federal government to speed up plans to clean up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after reports that highly radioactive liquid may have …
Thu., March 28, 2013
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 …
Thu., March 7, 2013
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 …
Thu., March 7, 2013
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 …