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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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018

Idaho State University can’t find small bit of weapons-grade plutonium

An Idaho university said it can’t find a small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter, and federal officials are proposing an $8,500 fine.


Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017

No nuclear contamination found at homes of Hanford workers

No radioactive contamination has been found at the homes of seven Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers that were surveyed this week.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Radioactive contamination found on clothes of Hanford worker

A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing this week during an incident at an underground waste storage tank that indicated a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

As workers fill collapsed tunnel at Hanford site, Inslee launches action against federal government

Workers have begun filling a caved in tunnel near the PUREX plant in the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site. About 50 truckloads of soil will be used to …


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017

Hanford workers demolish famous nuclear accident site

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished demolishing the site of a famous nuclear accident during the Cold War that exposed a man to the highest …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017

Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant

For the first time in 60 years, Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant is off the electrical grid. Power has been disconnected for the safety of workers doing the final cleanout of …


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.


Radioactive wasps causing a buzz at Hanford

Workers at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are conducting a sting operation to dig up radioactive wasp nests that could number in the thousands.