Hanford Nuclear Reservation http://kplu.org en Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms http://kplu.org/post/hanford-workers-say-they-re-not-satisfied-working-conditions-tank-farms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159128379&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford&nbsp;Challenge.</p><p>About 45 people squeezed into tight rows in a small conference room.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:07:20 +0000 Anna King 17774 at http://kplu.org Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix http://kplu.org/post/hanford-vapors-its-still-difficult-track-down-fix <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158124854&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Since the spring, many workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have needed medical attention from exposure to chemical vapors. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy led a busload of journalists to points across the site to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Anna King 17666 at http://kplu.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-feds-set-new-deadline-hanford-cleanup <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154789105&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington state and the federal government just gave themselves a 40-day deadline to come up with a cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Anna King 17186 at http://kplu.org Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/times-court-ordered-hanford-cleanup-negotiations-between-feds-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152979740&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span></p><p>The two sides can’t agree on a timelinel; it seems the state and the Energy Department have very different views of where things are.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Anna King 16987 at http://kplu.org Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades http://kplu.org/post/northwest-fire-season-ramps-ahead-schedule-east-cascades <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152850533&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tinder dry, workers were told Wednesday to practice fire safety at work and at home.</p><p>The news is about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire weather alerts — a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:47:09 +0000 Anna King 16965 at http://kplu.org Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades More Washington Nuclear Weapons Workers To Be Screened For Cancer http://kplu.org/post/more-washington-nuclear-weapons-workers-be-screened-cancer <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148433830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16454 at http://kplu.org More Washington Nuclear Weapons Workers To Be Screened For Cancer Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks http://kplu.org/post/time-ticking-40-day-negotiations-over-cleanup-hanford-tanks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147767944&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington state and the federal government for cleaning up </span>Hanford’s<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> leaking radioactive waste tanks.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">But at </span>Hanford’s<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> annual update for the public in Richland this week, it was clear that any agreement between the state and the federal government is still a ways off.</span></p><p> Sat, 03 May 2014 21:26:45 +0000 Anna King 16386 at http://kplu.org Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster http://kplu.org/post/state-washington-feds-cleanup-hanford-must-go-faster <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142537497&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">They want the feds to stick to agreed upon deadlines and are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atg.wa.gov/uploadedFiles/Home/News/Press_Releases/2014/Consent-Decree-Amendment-Proposal-March-31-2014.pdf" target="_blank">demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones</a>. But the feds say they, too, have a plan.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:31:31 +0000 Anna King 15530 at http://kplu.org State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-orders-hanford-managers-empty-leaking-tank <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140757175&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>The state says pumping must begin by Sept. 1.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Anna King 15140 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan http://kplu.org/post/inslee-feds-did-not-provide-comprehensive-hanford-cleanup-plan <p>Gov. Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan.</p><p>The Democrats’ comments follow a face-to-face meeting Monday with the secretary of energy who made a special trip to meet with the governor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:34:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14960 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open http://kplu.org/post/hanford-whistleblowers-senate-hearing-forces-few-answers-open <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:21:08 +0000 Anna King 14731 at http://kplu.org Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know? http://kplu.org/post/hanford-tanks-how-much-do-we-know <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030214AK_Hanfordleaks_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.</span><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Anna King 14371 at http://kplu.org Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know? Documents: 'Significant Flaws' In Hanford Tanks Could Lead To More Leaks http://kplu.org/post/documents-significant-flaws-hanford-tanks-could-lead-more-leaks <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">There are "significant construction flaws" in some newer, double-walled storage tanks at Washington state's Hanford nuclear waste complex, which could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">Those tanks hold some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.</span> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:27:17 +0000 The Associated Press 14295 at http://kplu.org Documents: 'Significant Flaws' In Hanford Tanks Could Lead To More Leaks Hanford Whistleblower Fired By Cleanup Contractor http://kplu.org/post/hanford-whistleblower-fired-cleanup-contractor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prominent whistleblower who raised safety concerns at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site has been fired from her job at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span></p><p>Safety manager Donna Busche says employer URS Corp. told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct,” then escorted her out of the building early Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:04:47 +0000 Anna King & Associated Press 13793 at http://kplu.org Hanford Whistleblower Fired By Cleanup Contractor Wash. State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-slaps-fine-mishandled-waste-hanford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last several years, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hanford</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation managers have mishandled barrels and boxes of hazardous and radioactive waste in the central part of the southeast Washington site.</span></p><p>The state of Washington last Friday slapped the U.S. Department of Energy with a $15,000 fine.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:59:05 +0000 Anna King 12929 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford