Stories tagged: radioactive waste
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.
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.
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: 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: Fri., April 7, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
Vermont radioactive waste water could be trucked to Idaho
Federal officials are considering approving a plan to truck 200,000 gallons of low-level radioactive waste water from a closed eastern U.S. nuclear power plant to Idaho.
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.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Tests planned on Idaho nuclear waste treatment component
Federal officials say a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate will be tested in Colorado.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Richland nuclear plant barred from shipping waste after incident
Energy Northwest is temporarily barred from sending waste to a commercial disposal site at Hanford after a shipment in November had more radioactivity than reported.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant
Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 9:38 a.m.
Energy Department at risk of missing Hanford deadlines
The U.S. Department of Energy is at risk of missing new court-enforced deadlines for emptying some radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
Hanford deadline extended for radioactive waste tank farm caps
The Department of Energy was given three more years to build four large barriers over the ground at the Hanford tank farms to help contain spilled or leaked radioactive and …
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
Hanford contractor finishes final job ahead of schedule
The company working to clean up radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has exceeded expectations before its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy ends.
Wed., July 6, 2016, 10:07 a.m.
Cleaning up Hanford radioactive waste spill to take 7 years
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing a seven-year plan to clean up a radioactive waste spill under a building on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
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., 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 …
Sun., June 2, 2013, 3:28 p.m.
Plant may lack space for Hanford waste
A national repository may run out of space for the hottest radioactive waste it was designed to store if changes are not made, according to an audit by the Department …
Thu., April 22, 2010, 6:50 a.m.
New Hanford radiation cleanup deadlines proposed
The Department of Energy and its regulators have agreed to new legally binding environmental cleanup deadlines for radioactive waste that has been temporarily buried at central Hanford since 1970.
Mon., March 29, 2010, 8:20 a.m.
Hanford waste stranded by Yucca Mountain decision
The tanks are still there, 177 in all, packed with 53 million gallons of radioactive waste. One million gallons have leached into the desert soil.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010
In brief: Energy Department to discuss Hanford
The cleanup of underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be the topic of a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Red Lion …
Sat., June 20, 2009
Hanford plant shows progress
RICHLAND – Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are approaching a turning point in building a massive waste treatment plant there, more than two years after the federal …