Stories tagged: hanford
Fri., Feb. 7, 2020
A fine of more than $1 million issued by the state of Washington to the Department of Energy is excessive and unlawful, DOE said in an appeal of the penalty …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019
Hanford workers are expected to begin pumping radioactive waste from a leak-prone underground tank at Hanford for the first time in nearly two years.
UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019
Smoke from the nearly 42,000-acre Cold Creek wildfire near the Tri-Cities is not expected to reach Spokane this weekend.
UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019
The fire was reported at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday and drew response from the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Benton County crews.
Mon., July 8, 2019
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 …
Sun., June 16, 2019
The Navy is taking a second look at whether to send nuclear reactor compartments from the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Hanford for disposal.
Fri., June 14, 2019
A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s challenge to a Washington state law that makes it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to win workers …
Fri., June 7, 2019
The Department of Energy has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the next phase of a pilot project it says could treat some of Hanford’s radioactive waste sooner …
UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019
The Washington state Department of Ecology was accused at a public meeting of dragging its feet and preventing a test in Richland of a new way to treat Hanford radioactive …
UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019
Shields dives through nuclear bomb history of ‘loose lips sink ships’ at Northwest Passages Book Club
Before her first novel was published, Spokane author Sharma Shields was already looking to start writing another book.
Wed., March 13, 2019
A report by the federal government says the Department of Energy needs better financial oversight at sites like the Hanford decommissioned nuclear production complex in Richland.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019
The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance, accusing it of defrauding the federal government out of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Tue., Jan. 8, 2019
The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify some radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation because it fears much of the waste will be …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019
The Department of Energy has awarded a Hanford contract valued at up to $152 million to a Kennewick company.
Mon., Dec. 10, 2018
The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier.
Wed., Nov. 21, 2018
U.S. Ecology has a site on the Hanford nuclear reservation just north of Richland, but the work there is different than at the Idaho site that had an explosion on …
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018
Based on a case brought by whistleblowers, a company that was supposed to provide a functional electronic-medical-records system for Hanford has agreed to pay $389,355 to resolve allegations that it …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018
More than 500 workers in the center of the Hanford nuclear reservation were ordered to take cover indoors Friday morning after steam was spotted rising from a radioactive waste storage …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018
A take cover order that lasted about four hours has been lifted for Hanford nuclear reservation workers.
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
The Department of Energy has been cleared to immediately begin stabilizing a tunnel containing highly radioactive waste that is at risk of collapse.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018
President Trump signed spending bills Friday that include a budget increase for the Hanford nuclear reservation.
Wed., Sept. 19, 2018
A settlement agreement has been reached in a 3-year-old lawsuit filed by Washington state to better protect workers from chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, state Attorney General Bob …
Fri., Sept. 14, 2018
Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.
Thu., Sept. 13, 2018
A final spending bill for next year puts the Hanford nuclear reservation budget at $2.4 billion, well above the amount proposed by the Trump administration.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2018
A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018
Hanford needs to do a better job in recording the status of the site’s approximately 12,000 wells that are either decommissioned or in use, according to a new audit report …
Wed., Aug. 29, 2018
The possible collapse of a second Hanford tunnel storing radioactive waste is both more likely than thought a year ago and the effects potentially more severe, according to Hanford officials.
Fri., Aug. 10, 2018
A fire at a laboratory on a former nuclear weapons production site has sent two workers to the hospital.