Stories tagged: plutonium
Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 8:36 a.m.
Work delayed at Hanford project over worker safety
A major demolition project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was halted for two days this week after air monitors worn by several workers showed they might have inhaled radioactive particles.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Four-month delay in details of plutonium release at Hanford raises questions
The announcement this month that 31 Hanford workers were contaminated from a June 8 incident is raising more questions about how government agencies alert the public about the test results …
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: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Plutonium detected in air at Hanford nuclear reservation
State health officials say radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.
Fri., May 12, 2017
Hanford continues to have truckload of woes
The beleaguered Hanford cleanup is a national embarrassment, with serious consequences for this region.
UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant
For the first time in 60 years, Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant is off the electrical grid. Power has been disconnected for the safety of workers doing the final cleanout of …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 8:13 p.m.
Eleven Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure
Eleven workers at a nuclear facility who reported headaches were sent for medical evaluations Thursday after working near an area where waste from a leaking tank was being transferred, U.S. …
Tue., April 26, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Hanford studying possible leak in second radioactive waste tank
Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
Hanford officials prepare to pump nuke waste back into tank
Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials are preparing to pump thousands of gallons of leaked radioactive waste back into a 46-year-old storage tank that contains toxic leftovers from the production of plutonium …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 11 a.m.
North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016, 5 a.m.
Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.
Wed., Sept. 2, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks
SEATTLE — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from …
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Hanford 300 Area cleanup plan released
The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday issued its final cleanup plan for the 300 Area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and …