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Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …


Blast in French nuclear plant’s machine room; no radiation

A fire led to a blast in a nuclear power plant’s turbine hall Thursday on France’s northwest coast but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF and local …


Radioactive spread halts Hanford nuclear facility demolition

The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has been put on pause after radioactive contamination spread outside the facility. The


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.


Energy Department raises price tag to $16 billion for Hanford plant

The price tag for a long-delayed facility to treat dangerous radioactive wastes left over from the production of nuclear weapons has climbed from $12 billion to $16.8 billion, making it …


Trump team asks about Hanford, national labs

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked about the Hanford vitrification plant in a questionnaire circulated at the Department of Energy, along with questions about the work of national laboratories …


Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant

Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.


Fukushima radiation detected on Oregon shores

Researchers say seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.


Energy Department at risk of missing Hanford deadlines

The U.S. Department of Energy is at risk of missing new court-enforced deadlines for emptying some radioactive waste storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


U.S. to build $1.6 billion Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they’ll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the …


More Hanford workers report possible tank vapors

Three more Hanford workers reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor Thursday afternoon in central Hanford and received medical evaluations.


Massive Chernobyl shelter safely put over exploded reactor

Workers completed a massive shelter over the Chernobyl nuclear plant’s exploded reactor on Tuesday, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world that one expert said had closed …


Motion to dismiss Hanford lawsuit rejected by federal judge

A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington state over worker safety issues on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Hanford deadline extended for radioactive waste tank farm caps

The Department of Energy was given three more years to build four large barriers over the ground at the Hanford tank farms to help contain spilled or leaked radioactive and …


Hanford cleanup project ends in success after 25 years

A 25-year project to suck up a cancer-causing chemical from the soil in central Hanford has ended in success.


Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000

A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising …


Treat or monitor early prostate cancer? 10-year survival same

Men with early prostate cancer who choose to closely monitor their disease are just as likely to survive at least 10 years as those who have surgery or radiation, finds …


CH2M Hill adds 300 employees, takes on more Hanford work

About 300 Hanford workers become employees of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. or its subcontractors Aug. 29. After 11 years, Hanford Washington Closure is wrapping up its contract at the …


WSU nuclear reactor program draws students, researchers – and tourists

Everyone knows that Washington State University is home to the Cougars, but did you know that the Pullman campus also houses a nuclear reactor?


Three workers not exposed to internal radiation at DOE site, contractor says

A cleanup contractor says three Idaho workers involved in a radiological incident at a U.S. Department of Energy site earlier this year did not receive internal exposure.


Odessa High School student wins prestigious science prize for erosion studies

MARLIN, Washington – Stacia Lesser grew up in the house where her father was born on a family farm in this tiny town about 20 minutes outside Odessa. Surrounded by …


Three workers exposed in radiation incident at Idaho DOE site

A cleanup contractor says radioactive material contaminated the skin and clothing of three workers during an incident earlier this month at a U.S. Department of Energy site in the Idaho …


In Hiroshima, President Obama honors ‘silent cry’ of bombing victims

President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the “silent cry” of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to …


Feds will miss cleanup deadline at E. Idaho nuclear facility

Federal officials announced Friday they won’t meet a September deadline to start converting 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste to a solid form at the Idaho National Laboratory in …


Two more Hanford workers report smelling vapors

Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have reported smelling vapors at the former nuclear weapons production site.


Six more Hanford workers evaluated for vapor exposure

Officials say six more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have been evaluated for chemical vapor exposure, bringing the total number to 26.


20 Hanford workers checked for vapor exposure

More workers sought medical evaluations Friday because of potential exposure to chemical vapors at Hanford a day earlier, bringing the total to 20 people.


Eleven Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure

Eleven workers at a nuclear facility who reported headaches were sent for medical evaluations Thursday after working near an area where waste from a leaking tank was being transferred, U.S. …


Hanford studying possible leak in second radioactive waste tank

Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the …


Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank

Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste are raising concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and workers are preparing to pump out the area of the …