Stories tagged: doe
Wed., Nov. 14, 2018
More than 2,000 people submitted comments or signed petitions critical of a proposal for closing Hanford’s underground radioactive waste storage tanks, according to a coalition of environmental and Hanford watchdog …
Tue., June 12, 2018
A Hanford watchdog group is objecting as the Department of Energy takes the first step toward a plan to fill underground, radioactive waste storage tanks with concrete-like grout and leave …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018
President Donald Trump has nominated a new head for the Department of Energy’s environmental management program, which is responsible for the Hanford nuclear reservation.
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017
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.
Mon., July 17, 2017
The Washington State Department of Ecology has grant money to hire 300 workers ages 18-25 for the Washington Conservation Corps.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017
The former Texas governor says he’s having the time of his life running an agency he once pledged to eliminate. Rick Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the …
Fri., June 2, 2017
An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.
Wed., May 24, 2017
The Department of Energy is dropping plans for a test meant to see if some Hanford nuclear waste could be disposed of in a deep borehole.
Fri., April 7, 2017
A tugboat grounded off a Seattle beach Friday was being towed to a Seattle dock after crews patched the hull and refloated the vessel.
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017
A government contractor in Idaho will test 11 groundwater wells after a hazardous chemical showed up in some preliminary tests at the desert site last year.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016
The Washington State Department of Ecology says it’s fining a Whatcom County berry grower more than $100,000 for years of illegal water use.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016
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.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016
A federal judge has denied a request from the state of Washington for increased protections for workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation while a lawsuit against the Department of Energy …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016
A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016
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 …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016
Plans to move about 350 Department of Energy and other employees out of the Richland Federal Building are not intended to save federal dollars.
Fri., July 29, 2016
A cleanup contractor says three Idaho workers involved in a radiological incident at a U.S. Department of Energy site earlier this year did not receive internal exposure.
Thu., July 14, 2016
The Department of Energy has been given an extra year to tear down the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Thu., July 14, 2016
The DOE’s nuclear program almost never holds its civilian contractors accountable for unlawful retaliation against whistleblowers, according to a highly critical Government Accountability Office report released Thursday, July 14, 2016.
Tue., May 31, 2016
Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summertime flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the …
Sat., May 28, 2016
A cleanup contractor says radioactive material contaminated the skin and clothing of three workers during an incident earlier this month at a U.S. Department of Energy site in the Idaho …
Wed., April 27, 2016
A recent audit found significant problems with the federally-managed nuclear waste treatment plant west of Idaho Falls.
UPDATED: Tue., April 12, 2016
A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has received $18.8 million in incentive pay from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work last year.
Thu., April 7, 2016
The state Department of Ecology is proposing two new rules regulating the transportation of oil by rail in the state and wants public comment on both proposals.
Thu., March 10, 2016
The Obama administration’s proposed Hanford budget seems to foreshadow declaring a cleanup victory, leaving critical work unfinished, Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday.
Tue., March 1, 2016
An environmental specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology is accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from an employee celebration fund.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
State environmental regulators have withdrawn a proposed rule aimed at limiting carbon emissions, saying they plan to refile another version with substantial changes.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.