Nuclear Waste http://kplu.org en New Hanford tank leak raises questions about waste storage http://kplu.org/post/new-hanford-tank-leak-raises-questions-about-waste-storage RICHLAND, Wash. – Now let’s shift to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the desert of southeast Washington. A double-hulled underground tank there is leaking radioactive waste.<p>Next week federal officials are mustering a several-hundred page report on the problem. Experts worry about what the leak means for long-term storage of radioactive tank waste at Hanford.<p>Think of an underground nuclear waste tank as a gigantic pasta pan with a lid. About 140 of these at Hanford have a single shell, or one layer. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:50:55 +0000 Anna King 6854 at http://kplu.org New Hanford tank leak raises questions about waste storage Report: Hanford unprepared for early start on cleanup http://kplu.org/post/report-hanford-unprepared-early-start-cleanup A new report says plans to get an early start at cleaning up some radioactive waste at Hanford may not work the way managers envisioned. The document is the latest criticism of a project to treat waste at the southeast Washington nuclear site.<p>The Department of Energy is building a massive complex designed to turn 56 million gallons of radioactive waste into glass logs. Hanford managers had hoped to get a head start on one facility to treat lower level waste.<p>But the Department of Energy’s own inspector general now finds that they underestimated the cost to taxpayers of that roll out. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:13:14 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6658 at http://kplu.org Report: Hanford unprepared for early start on cleanup Cleanup work completed on 140 acres at Hanford http://kplu.org/post/cleanup-work-completed-140-acres-hanford <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; Workers recently completed clean-up work on 140 acres of the Hanford nuclear reservation where liquid waste from the making of nuclear bombs was poured into trenches in the ground.</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:13:58 +0000 The Associated Press 2386 at http://kplu.org Cleanup work completed on 140 acres at Hanford Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research http://kplu.org/post/roman-artifact-helps-nuclear-storage-research <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982302.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982302.mp3</a></p><p>Scientists are experimenting with 1,800-year-old glass to better understand how nuclear waste storage will hold up for millennia to come.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:40:39 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2338 at http://kplu.org Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research New agency sought to find site for nation's nuclear waste http://kplu.org/post/new-agency-sought-find-site-nations-nuclear-waste <p>The nation needs a new agency to site a federal nuclear waste dump. That&#39;s the recommendation issued Friday by a presidential commission.</p><p>The congressionally-chartered agency would decide where to store radioactive waste that&#39;s now sitting in aging underground tanks in southeast Washington.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:27:36 +0000 Anna King 2221 at http://kplu.org New agency sought to find site for nation's nuclear waste Hanford cleans up underground trench waste ahead of schedule http://kplu.org/post/hanford-cleans-underground-trench-waste-ahead-schedule <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have retrieved a key portion of radioactive waste ahead of schedule. That announcement came from the federal government today.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:42:46 +0000 Anna King 2182 at http://kplu.org Hanford cleans up underground trench waste ahead of schedule Science behind Hanford treatment tanks questioned http://kplu.org/post/science-behind-hanford-treatment-tanks-questioned <p>RICHLAND, Wash. - A federal nuclear watchdog agency is questioning some of the science behind a massive treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. In <a href="http://www.dnfsb.gov/pub_docs/staff_issue_reports/hanford/sir_20110607_hd.pdf">a letter released Thursday</a>, federal examiners say key treatment tanks could pose risks.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:40:58 +0000 Anna King 1835 at http://kplu.org Science behind Hanford treatment tanks questioned Questions remain about piping Hanford's nuclear waste http://kplu.org/post/questions-remain-about-piping-hanfords-nuclear-waste <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-965777.mp3</p><p>One of the most difficult challenges at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving radioactive waste from point &ldquo;A&rdquo; to point &ldquo;B.&rdquo; The federal government is spending billions of dollars on a waste treatment plant. Piping that radioactive waste across the desert is sort of like getting ketchup out of a bottle. But it&rsquo;s a whole lot more complicated and dangerous. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:12:27 +0000 Anna King 1274 at http://kplu.org Questions remain about piping Hanford's nuclear waste Washington to argue for Yucca Mountain waste storage project http://kplu.org/post/washington-argue-yucca-mountain-waste-storage-project <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958631.mp3</p><p>Japan&#39;s nuclear reactor crisis has sharpened the debate over where the U.S. will store its radioactive waste in the long-term. Tuesday the State of Washington and other plaintiffs will argue in federal court that the Obama administration should not abandon the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.</p><p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:01:21 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1036 at http://kplu.org Hanford tank waste retrieval resumes http://kplu.org/post/hanford-tank-waste-retrieval-resumes <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951461.mp3</p><p>Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are once again pumping radioactive waste from a World War II era tank. Work had been stopped on the unstable tank buried near the Columbia River.</p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:40:45 +0000 Anna King 763 at http://kplu.org A new generation begins taking the reins at Hanford http://kplu.org/post/new-generation-begins-taking-reins-hanford <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950178.mp3</p><p>What do you do when you have a huge dilemma, and the number of people who can solve it is dwindling? That's the problem at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation -- one of the largest environmental cleanup projects in the world.</p><p>About 12,000 people are working on it right now. But the vast majority of Hanford's top experts are nearing retirement age. That leaves this complex cleanup task to the next generation.</p><p>The stakes are high: one wrong move could mean an environmental disaster, or a contaminated worker.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:53:07 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 704 at http://kplu.org A new generation begins taking the reins at Hanford On the trail of a radioactive mouse http://kplu.org/post/trail-radioactive-mouse <p>How do you catch a radioactive mouse?&nbsp; Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers will use standard mousetraps. Radioactive droppings were found at Hanford recently.&nbsp;After nabbing a radioactive rabbit two weeks ago,&nbsp; workers say&nbsp;catching the mice is no easy task. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:06:37 +0000 Anna King 181 at http://kplu.org On the trail of a radioactive mouse