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2,000 people agree: DOE plan for Hanford tank waste is not good

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 …

How empty are Hanford’s nuclear waste tanks? Not enough, says watchdog

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

Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say it’s safe

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

Nuclear engineer to lead agency that oversees Hanford cleanup

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.

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.

DOE hiring 300 young adults, others, for Washington Conservation Corps

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

DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects

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

Rick Perry’s having blast running the Energy Department – the agency he vowed to kill

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 …

Excavator retrieved from Idaho nuclear waste pit

An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.

Department of Energy ends plans for test to dispose of Hanford waste capsules

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.

Tugboat that grounded off Seattle beach being towed to dock

A tugboat grounded off a Seattle beach Friday was being towed to a Seattle dock after crews patched the hull and refloated the vessel.

Contract will test groundwater wells at Idaho DOE site

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.

Washington berry grower fined $102,000 for illegal water use

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.

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.

Judge denies request for increased Hanford vapor protections

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 …

Sewage dumping in Puget Sound could be halted under proposed regulation

A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.

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 …

Officials defend plans to move some Hanford workers

Plans to move about 350 Department of Energy and other employees out of the Richland Federal Building are not intended to save federal dollars.

Three workers not exposed to internal radiation at DOE site, contractor says

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.

Hanford plutonium plant demolition deadline extended

The Department of Energy has been given an extra year to tear down the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant.

Report: Department of Energy fails to protect nuclear whistleblowers

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.

Inslee asked to increase water for Spokane River

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 …

Three workers exposed in radiation incident at Idaho DOE site

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 …

Audit: DOE facility being constructed in Idaho over budget

A recent audit found significant problems with the federally-managed nuclear waste treatment plant west of Idaho Falls.

UPDATED: Tue., April 12, 2016

Hanford contractor eligible for $18.8M in incentives

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.

Ecology asking for comment on proposed oil-by-rail rules

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.

Sen. Murray questions DOE commitment to all Hanford cleanup

The Obama administration’s proposed Hanford budget seems to foreshadow declaring a cleanup victory, leaving critical work unfinished, Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday.

Department of Ecology employee accused of stealing from celebration fund

An environmental specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology is accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from an employee celebration fund.

Ecology withdraws proposed carbon cap rule, plans changes

State environmental regulators have withdrawn a proposed rule aimed at limiting carbon emissions, saying they plan to refile another version with substantial changes.

Latest estimate to clean Hanford is $107 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.