Stories tagged: nuclear waste
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019
Western governors say they’re disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn’t consult the states’ nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New …
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The Department of Energy has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the next phase of a pilot project it says could treat some of Hanford’s radioactive waste sooner …
Tue., May 21, 2019
Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors from utilities and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than …
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.
Tue., Jan. 22, 2019
The biggest threat to the nation’s primary lab for nuclear research is a prohibition from bringing in small quantities of spent nuclear fuel for research, the lab’s director said Tuesday.
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 …
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.
Sat., Dec. 8, 2018
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.
Tue., Nov. 20, 2018
Air monitoring systems were set up Tuesday to check for low-level nuclear radiation and other harmful contaminants following a powerful weekend blast at a hazardous waste site in Idaho that …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018
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: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018
BOISE – Nearly a year after the death of former U.S. Interior Secretary and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, his eldest daughter stood outside the Idaho Capitol on Thursday determined to …
UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018
More of Hanford’s newest waste storage tanks could be at risk of developing leaks, according to a new evaluation.
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 …
Fri., June 8, 2018
A former Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit involving millions of dollars in contracts intended for small businesses.
UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018
U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility.
UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018
U.S. officials are considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure this year so it can repackage radioactive waste brought in from …
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 …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017
A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility’s authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment.
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.
Fri., July 21, 2017
An underwater robot captured images of lava-like lumps Thursday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear …
Fri., July 7, 2017
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017
Federal officials say testing of a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate is making progress …
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.
Tue., June 27, 2017
Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017
Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …
UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017
Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and additional workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation Tuesday …
Mon., June 12, 2017
The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017
Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …