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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste

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 …


State frustrated as feds halt work on Hanford radioactive waste test

The Department of Energy has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the next phase of a pilot project it says could treat some of Hanford’s radioactive waste sooner …


Speedy reactor cleanups may carry both risks and rewards

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 …


Report: Feds need better financial oversight at Hanford site

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.


Nuclear lab director says spent-fuel impasse harms mission

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.


State of Washington opposes nuke waste reclassification proposal

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 …


Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier.


U.S. to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project

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.


Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast

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, 5:56 p.m.

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: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Andrus daughter: Idaho should resist nuke waste shipments

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, 10:08 p.m.

More Hanford nuclear waste tanks at risk of leaking

More of Hanford’s newest waste storage tanks could be at risk of developing leaks, according to a new evaluation.


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 …


Settlement reached in lawsuit over Hanford contracts

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, 8:46 p.m.

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems

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, 7:01 p.m.

U.S. may want to keep Idaho nuclear waste plant running longer

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, 1:48 p.m.

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 …


U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says

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, 11:27 p.m.

Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver

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, 2:59 p.m.

Washington state utility’s nuclear waste shipments suspended

Officials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility’s authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment.


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.


Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

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 …


Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment

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, 2:26 p.m.

Tests making progress for Idaho nuclear waste treatment

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, 3:21 p.m.

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.


Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility

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, 10:23 p.m.

More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says

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, 8:33 p.m.

Hanford workers report possible vapor exposure

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 …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover

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 …