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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.

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.

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 site, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

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 the main portion of the plant and the workers who are tearing the plant down.

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 current technologies.

Washington Supreme Court rules against florist in gay wedding case

The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on Thursday. Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland had been fined by a lower court for denying service to a gay couple in 2013.

Hanford vapors lawsuit heading to mediation

Parties in a lawsuit seeking better protection for Hanford workers from chemical vapors have agreed to pursue mediation, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Plaintiffs and defendants have asked U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice to move the trial to March 5, 2018, if mediation fails. The trial currently is set for October at the Richland federal courthouse.

Congressional delegation urges Trump to fund Hanford work

The entire congressional delegation from Washington is asking President-elect Donald Trump to make environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a priority. Hanford for years made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in a multi-decade cleanup of the resulting waste at a cost of some $2 billion per year.

Richland nuclear plant reconnects to the grid

Energy Northwest reconnected its 1,190-megawatt Columbia Generating Station to the Northwest Power grid late Saturday night, five days after an equipment malfunction caused an unplanned shutdown.

Camas, Archbishop Murphy, Royal win state football titles

Jack Colletto scored on a 34-yard keeper with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter to seal Camas’ 24-14 victory over Richland in the State 4A football championship Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome.

Hanford vapor lawsuit may be delayed again

The state of Washington and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed over Hanford chemical vapor protection have asked that the trial be delayed five months.