Hanford Nuclear Reservation

HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
9:53 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hanford: Tank Farm Closure Given Federal All-Clear to Resume Work

The tank farms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are cleared to resume work after a high-radiation incident briefly shut down much of the site last month.

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3:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seattle Band to Release Pop Song Inspired by Hanford Tank Waste

From left to right, the band members are: Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows, and even a book of poetry.

Now, a Seattle band call Tangerine is about to release a new song that tackles the leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the federal site.

“I guess it’s a slightly unusual topic for a pop song, especially one that has a romantic angle,” said Marika Justad, who sings, plays the guitar and the piano for the alternative-pop band.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
10:01 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Investigation into Abnormal Radiological Reading at Hanford

Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are investigating increased radiological readings at a tank farm there.

Part of the massive site was shut down following the reading Wednesday night.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
9:19 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Judge Rules Yucca Mountain Must Move Forward with Licensing

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington’s state attorney is praising an appeals court decision on a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get the licensing process back on track for Yucca Mountain.

The state of Washington wants Yucca Mountain to be the permanent waste repository for radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But President Barack Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevada’s political leaders. Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has to continue forward with the licensing of the facility. 

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
4:42 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Massive Hanford waste dump reaches 15 million-ton mark

Crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say have cleaned up 15 million tons of radioactive soil and debris from near the Columbia River, managers announced on Tuesday.  

The debris has gone to a massive dump at the center of the site. The Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, called ERDF for short, is the size of 52 football fields.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
8:36 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

EPA fines Hanford for improperly handling radioactive waste

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines allegedly mishandling certain lab waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Energy contractors allegedly stored some radioactive waste without permits, and placed some of it in a landfill before treating it. We’re talking about contaminated science glove boxes, lab equipment and concrete. Environmental regulators studied records from the late 1980s through 2011 in this investigation.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
7:56 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Possible leak at Hanford nuclear site, no immediate threat seen

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee answers questions about a potential leak in a tank at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee says it will likely take a few days to confirm whether radioactive waste has leaked through the outer shell of a double-hulled underground tank at Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy disclosed it detected heightened radioactivity levels beneath a tank that holds some of the nation's worst nuclear waste. Inslee said he spoke directly to the new secretary of energy to say how unhappy he is with agency's pace of stabilizing half a dozen different leaking tanks.

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10:50 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Swallows Bring Radioactive Soil Into Hanford Waste Plant

Bechtel

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:07 am

Workers are back on the job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. Work stopped this week when radioactive soil was found under the nests of some swallows.

Swallows used some radioactive mud to make nests on exposed beamwork in Hanford’s waste treatment plant. That’s the $12 billion factory designed to bind-up radioactive sludge in glass logs. The nests were found during routine tests, but this is the first radioactive contamination of the new plant.

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1:17 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Japanese officials visit Hanford to learn nuclear cleanup strategies

Bags of decontamination waste from cleanup of tennis courts at the Tomioka Town Sports Complex in Japan.
Mark Triplett PNNL

The people overseeing the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster are learning some valuable lessons from the long-running cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A Japanese government delegation recently toured some of the southeast Washington site this week.

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5:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Some Hanford water cleanup moving faster than expected

At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the 100-DX Pump and Treat system, which treats groundwater near the D and DR reactors along the Columbia River.
Photo courtesy of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company.

Cleanup of a hazardous chemical in the groundwater at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is going faster than expected.

Hexavalent chromium is the nasty stuff that made Erin Brockovich famous down in California. The chemical was used to inhibit rust in coolant water in Hanford’s reactors. But that water was dumped into the desert, and now the carcinogen is making its way toward the Columbia River in large groundwater plumes.

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
5:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

What makes Hanford's 'TRU' tank waste different from the rest?

Gov. Jay Inslee addresses journalists at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on March 6, 2013.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Energy says its wants to send 3 million gallons of radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to a storage site in New Mexico. That’s 3 million gallons out of a total of 56 million gallons of some of the most toxic stuff on earth.

But what is different about this waste in particular, and why some groups are against moving it to New Mexico?

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HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
4:21 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hanford cleaup slows while tanks leak, tratment plant stalls

Gov. Jay Inslee toured the Hanford plant earlier this month.

Every day, up to three gallons of radioactive waste at Hanford seeps into the desert sand from underground tanks, not far from the Columbia River.

That has prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to tour the remote site along with buses full of officials and media that roll through a sea of sagebrush.

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Business and labor
3:25 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hundreds of pink slips handed out at Hanford

A sign warning of radioactive contamination dangles from a fence at the 'C' Tank Farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, near Richland, Wash.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Pink slips are going out to hundreds of workers at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site because of automatic federal budget cuts.

About 9,000 people work at south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal beginning in World War II.

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10:32 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Hanford leaking tank waste removal will take years

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:55 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday.

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9:17 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:40 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.

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