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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

State approves federal plan to stabilize second Hanford tunnel containing radioactive equipment

State regulators have approved a request by the U.S. Department of Energy to begin work stabilizing a tunnel at Hanford that contains rail cars loaded with radioactive equipment and is …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Feds agree to protect Hanford workers from dangerous gases

The federal government will try to control, capture and eliminate dangerous vapors coming out of the nuclear waste tanks on the Hanford Reservation as a way to avoid a pending …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Hanford contractor agrees to pay fine for accepting illegal kickbacks

The Chief Financial Officer of one of the prime contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve allegations that he accepted more than $40,000 in …


University of Idaho gets biofuel research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Idaho researcher studying biofuels.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Doubts raised that massive Hanford plant could open by 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy has doubts that a massive nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can open by a 2022 deadline.


Bury Hanford mishaps for good

Most recently comes news that the state Department of Ecology is investigating the dumping of potentially contaminated liquid into the ground.


Some technical issues resolved at Hanford vit plant

The U.S. Department of Energy has resolved three key technical issues that have delayed construction on a major Hanford Nuclear Reservation plant.


GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added …


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 …


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, …


Audit blasts BPA hiring practices

PORTLAND — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a highly critical audit of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration, saying the agency’s hiring and promotion practices are ineffective.


Proposal streamlines retrofitting of nongenerating dams

WASHINGTON – The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. …


Congress eyes old dams as new power sources

The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. The Hydropower …


UI student will create Columbia treaty model

A University of Idaho student has received a U.S. Department of Energy research fellowship to develop a computer model related to the Columbia River Treaty. Mark Cecchini-Beaver’s computer model will …


Hydropower keeps Idaho emissions low

Idaho residents have relatively small carbon footprints because most of their electricity comes from hydropower, a new study says. Idaho’s rivers generate 80 percent of the electricity used in the …


Raul Labrador stresses cost-cutting, energy in economic plan

Idaho Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador on Tuesday unveiled a plan for economic prosperity that leans heavily on the state developing a more robust nuclear power industry and exporting this …


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.


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.


Hanford’s risks are large

Even after billions of dollars are spent cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, radioactive waste could threaten the Columbia River for thousands of years to come. A government analysis shows …


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 …