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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan

Advocates for cleaning up a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Hiring at Hanford lab targets dangerous radioactive waste

The initial staff has arrived at the Analytical Laboratory, the first of the four major facilities at the Hanford $17 billion vitrification plant to have a Washington state permit to …


Hanford boosts contaminated groundwater cleanup to protect the Columbia River

The Hanford nuclear reservation is expanding its capacity to clean chemical and radioactive contamination from the groundwater. “That will reduce the time needed to clean up the groundwater,” said Mike …


Energy Secretary nominee ranks Hanford cleanup as his ‘top priority’

The next energy secretary could be making frequent trips to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

High-risk demolition of former plutonium plant could resume

High-risk demolition of a former nuclear weapons production plant could resume next week, nearly two years after the most dangerous work was halted because of safety concerns.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Hanford nuclear site study considers waste options

A federal government study has analyzed options for treating waste at a decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported that the National Academies of Sciences issued the …


New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains …


US sues Lockheed Martin for fraud at Hanford

The U.S. Justice Department is accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of using false records and making false statements to bill the Energy Department for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized …


Hanford cleanup costs triple. And that’s the ‘best case scenario’ in a new report

The expected cost to finish cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation has tripled in three years, and that’s under the best case scenario, according to a Department of Energy report …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

U.S. demands proof steel is safe in Hanford nuclear plant

The federal government is demanding that the company building a giant nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state provide records proving that the steel used in the nearly $17 billion …


New tests show Hanford workers exposed to radiation

New test results show that monitoring for airborne radioactive contamination has not protected some Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Judge refuses to reduce $8.1M verdict against Hanford contractor

A judge is refusing to reduce the $8.1 million verdict against a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor and one of its employees.


Energy Department to permanently close damaged Hanford tank

The Energy Department says it will permanently close a damaged radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


New Hanford contract to care for 6,000 workers valued at $17.1M a year

The Department of Energy has put out a draft request for bids for a company to provide occupational medical and health services at the Hanford nuclear reservation.


Senators want answers on Hanford radioactive contamination spread

The Hanford nuclear reservation workforce must have confidence that Hanford officials are putting safety ahead of legal deadlines and financial interests, said the U.S. senators for Washington state.


Possible worker radiation exposure at Hanford has halted a project

Demolition at a highly contaminated complex at the Hanford nuclear reservation has been halted.


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.


New manager picked for Hanford’s underground tanks

The U.S. Department of Energy has picked a new manager for its Office of River Protection on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Energy Department penalized $16K over unidentified powder

The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Energy Secretary makes 1st Tri-City area stop, says it’s a chance to learn

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s visit to the Mid-Columbia is “an edification” – the chance to see firsthand the work being done at places like the Hanford nuclear reservation and …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

107 degrees. Heat-trapping gear. So why no heat illnesses at Hanford tank farms?

The temperature has soared to 107 degrees at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this summer. In the tank farms, workers pull on three pairs of gloves, cover their faces with respirator …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017

Aircraft fighting 20,000-acre wildfire near Hanford grounded after drone spotted

An aerial drone hampered efforts on Tuesday to extinguish a fire that recently crossed into the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Central Washington. The air tactical group noticed the drone hovering …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

Second waste storage tunnel at Hanford is at risk of cave-in, regulators say

A second tunnel containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is “structurally deficient by almost every measure” and at risk of caving in, state regulators said Friday.


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


Contamination at Hanford tank did not come from leak

Radioactive contamination found on a piece of equipment on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was not the result of a leak in an underground nuclear waste storage tank.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.


Trump proposes $120 million budget cut at Hanford despite trouble

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes a cut of about $120 million for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, despite two recent incidents that raised concern about worker safety at the former …