Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

EPA Fines Hanford For Stagnating Radioactive Waste Near Columbia River

The K-East and K-West reactors were shut down in 1970 and 1971.
U.S. Department of Energy

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to fine the U.S. Department of Energy up to $10,000 per week if radioactive waste just a stone's throw from the Columbia River isn’t cleaned up.

Behind the old called the K-West reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a huge concrete swimming pool-like basin. It was built in the 1950s and meant to last for 20 years. That’s where workers dumped hot irradiated rods until they cooled. Later, they were shuttled off to be further refined into plutonium for bombs.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:10 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Inslee Announces Court Action In Hanford Cleanup Fight

A sign warns of radioactivity near a wind direction flag indicator at the "C" tank farm during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The state of Washington is going back to federal court over cleanup at Hanford, the nation’s largest nuclear waste site. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the latest court action Friday in an exclusive public radio interview.

The decision to return to court follows months of negotiations that failed to produce a new Hanford cleanup agreement. Inslee says the time has come once again to get the courts involved.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.
Anna King

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 Challenge.

About 45 people squeezed into tight rows in a small conference room.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery.
Anna King

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.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:09 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

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.

If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
10:42 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State

File photo of a nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Anna King

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 Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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.

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Wildfire Danger
2:47 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades

File photo of a 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.
Washington Incident Management Team #2/InciWeb

With conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tinder dry, workers were told Wednesday to practice fire safety at work and at home.

The news is about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire weather alerts — a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.

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Nuclear Weapons
5:01 am
Thu May 8, 2014

More Washington Nuclear Weapons Workers To Be Screened For Cancer

Two tanks under construction at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Some construction workers there were exposed to multiple carcinogens.
Department of Energy

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:26 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks

Tobin Fricke Flickr

The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington state and the federal government for cleaning up Hanford’s leaking radioactive waste tanks.

But at Hanford’s 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.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
10:31 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster

AP Photo

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.

They want the feds to stick to agreed upon deadlines and are demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones. But the feds say they, too, have a plan.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

FILE - Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material previously not seen.
U.S. Department of Energy

The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The state says pumping must begin by Sept. 1.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
1:34 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan

File image
AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan.

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.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open

File photo of Hanford whistlerblower Walt Tamosaitis testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in 2011.
U.S. Senate

In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.

The former nuclear site workers had been informally invited to testify before the Homeland Security subcommittee, but that invitation was later blocked by the ranking minority Republican on the committee.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
12:51 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:38 am

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.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:27 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Documents: 'Significant Flaws' In Hanford Tanks Could Lead To More Leaks

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AP Photo

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.

Those tanks hold some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.

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