Stories tagged: nuclear waste
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems
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. may want to keep Idaho nuclear waste plant running longer
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.
Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say it’s safe
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.
U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says
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.
Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver
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.
Washington state utility’s nuclear waste shipments suspended
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.
Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list
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.
Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant
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.
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment
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.
Tests making progress for Idaho nuclear waste treatment
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.
DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects
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.
Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility
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.
More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says
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.
Hanford workers report possible vapor exposure
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.
State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland
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 alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover
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.
Excavator retrieved from Idaho nuclear waste pit
An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout
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.
Bechtel earns $7.2 million in incentive pay for managing Hanford vit plant
The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup
Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test plan
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.
Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site
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.
Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse
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.
Waiting on the weather to cover Hanford waste tunnel
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.
Depression in Hanford tunnel discovered by radiation workers
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.
Welcome to Nuketown USA: A look at the company town of the Hanford site
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.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment
Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Nuke waste debate: Turn it into glass or encase in cement?
A new report says Congress should consider authorizing the Department of Energy to use grout to stabilize some of Hanford’s radioactive waste, rather than a more expensive plan to turn …
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:22 p.m.
U.S.: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Washington state site
A shipment of nuclear waste from a commercial power plant located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state was improperly labeled when it was trucked to a commercial disposal …