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Excavator retrieved from Idaho nuclear waste pit

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


Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout

A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.


Bechtel earns $7.2 million in incentive pay for managing Hanford vit plant

The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

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


Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test plan

The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s abandoning a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site

Workers this weekend finished installing a protective cover over a partially-collapsed tunnel that contained radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Cleanup at Idaho nuclear landfill on hold after pit collapse

BOISE, Idaho – Some cleanup efforts at a nuclear waste landfill in eastern Idaho are on hold while workers try to figure out what caused a collapse in a dig …


Waiting on the weather to cover Hanford waste tunnel

About 150 concrete ecology blocks were hauled by flatbed trucks to central Hanford over the weekend for the next step in stabilizing a partially collapsed tunnel holding radioactively contaminated waste.


Depression in Hanford tunnel discovered by radiation workers

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the partial collapse of a waste storage tunnel last week.


Welcome to Nuketown USA: A look at the company town of the Hanford site

While a tunnel collapse over nuclear material at Hanford Nuclear Reservation made international news, it did little to shake a town full of residents who played a part in the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Area around Hanford’s PUREX plant has been dumping ground for radioactive and chemical waste for years

For decades during the Cold War arms race, nuclear waste was dumped at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s sprawling 200 East and 200 West areas.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment

Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Nuke waste debate: Turn it into glass or encase in cement?

A new report says Congress should consider authorizing the Department of Energy to use grout to stabilize some of Hanford’s radioactive waste, rather than a more expensive plan to turn …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S.: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Washington state site

A shipment of nuclear waste from a commercial power plant located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state was improperly labeled when it was trucked to a commercial disposal …


Shipping resumes to only US underground nuclear waste dump

The nation’s only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part …


Is Yucca Mountain once again America’s nuclear waste dump?

Thirty years after Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was designated as America’s only dumping ground for nuclear waste, not a single isotope has been sent there.


Idaho nuclear waste retrieval complete, underway since 2003

Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project near Idaho Falls is complete.


Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank

A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of …


Testing to begin at Idaho nuclear waste treatment plant

Testing is set to resume at a federally-managed nuclear waste treatment plant west of Idaho Falls.


Idaho nuclear waste cleanup effort nearly complete

Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is nearly complete.


Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak

Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.


U.S. wants to build Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy want to build a $1.6 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that would handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet …


State fines feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste

State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.


Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern …


Regulator warns of long, costly cleanup at Los Alamos lab

New Mexico’s top environmental regulator says it could take the federal government another decade and more than $4 billion to clean up the hazardous waste and contamination remaining at one …


Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state

When Cecil Andrus closed Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste, the former Democratic governor’s decisive action captured the attention of the nation and put pressure on the federal government to remove …


Hanford workers pump leaked waste back into tank

Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Nuclear waste tank leak at Hanford not a risk, state says

Nuclear waste material was leaking into the containment area of a Hanford tank, but doesn’t pose a risk to the public, a state agency said.


Idaho listed as possible site for nuclear waste storage

The U.S. Department of Energy lists the Idaho National Laboratory as a possible site for storing about 1,300 dump truck loads of low level radioactive waste.


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.