Hanford

Nuclear Waste Cleanup
9:05 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Energy Secretary Meets With Inslee On Hanford

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 2:51 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford clean-up plan.

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Nuclear Waste
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Nuclear Parks And Rec
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Manhattan Project Park Left Out Of Defense Bill, Supporters Not Giving Up

File photo of the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:15 pm

A plan to turn part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a national park has been dropped from a compromise defense authorization bill.

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Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.

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Nuclear Energy
8:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Let-Go Hanford Whistleblower Readies For Upcoming Court Battles

Walter Tamosaitis has worked in the chemical and nuclear industry for 44 years. He was just laid-off earlier this month.
Rajah Bose

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 7:19 am

In early November, a federal appeals court will consider the case of a well-known Hanford whistleblower.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
5:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Details About Whistleblower Firings And Cleanup Delays At Hanford

Workers conduct routine monitoring of the tanks at Hanford.
Flickr Photo/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Correspondent Anna King speaks with David Hyde about the firing of Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis and reports on the Department of Energy’s announcement of more cleanup delays of the Hanford radioactive waste site.

Nuclear Waste
9:18 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:56 am

Washington officials say they’re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 

At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. But the task has proven extremely difficult: A waste treatment plant has been plagued by whistleblowers, critical federal investigations, cost overruns and delays.

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Nuclear Waste
9:36 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Feds Propose Plan For Hanford's Tank Waste Challenges

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 8:49 am

There’s a new plan for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government is looking for ways to process certain types of radioactive waste more quickly, while managers there figure out how to solve major technical challenges at its massive Waste Treatment Plant.

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Nuclear Waste
11:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hanford Tank Farms Get All-Clear After High Radiation Reading

Ann King. File photo of a storage tank at Hanford.

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 9:37 am

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

In late August, Hanford workers responded to an emergency of a high-radiation reading near a tank known as C-101.

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Music
3:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Seattle Band To Release Pop Song Inspired By Hanford Tank Waste

Tangerine. The Seattle band Tangerine will release “Hanford Riviera” on Swoon Records aon August 31. From left to right, Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:00 pm

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows and even a book of poetry. Now, a Northwest 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," admits Marika Justad. "Especially one that has a romantic angle. Justad sings and plays guitar and piano for Tangerine, an alternative pop band from Seattle.

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Nuclear Waste Repository
10:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward

Department of Energy. File photo of Yucca Mountain

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:56 pm

Washington’s state Attorney General 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 Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevada’s political leaders.

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Radioactive Waste
9:16 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Cleanup Options For Hanford's 300 Area Going Public

Hanford.gov

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:02 am

Federal officials are trying to figure out what to do about radioactive materials that remain at a place near the Columbia River known as the 300 Area. It’s the subject of a series of public meetings that kick off this week.

The 300 Area was where workers milled uranium rods and tested ways to process plutonium during WWII and the Cold War. They poured about 2 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste a day into sandy ponds and trenches right next to the Columbia River. Cleaning up buildings and material there has kept crews busy for 20 years.

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Hanford Cleanup Update
9:26 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Massive Hanford Waste Dump Reaches 15 Million Ton Mark

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:52 pm

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say crews have cleaned up 15 million tons of radioactive soil and debris from near the Columbia River. It’s gone to a massive dump at the center of the site.

In central Hanford, a ceremonial load of soil marked 15 million tons of waste disposed of at the 52-football-field-sized dump called ERDF. Dozens of truck horns blared in response.

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Hanford Fined
9:51 am
Tue July 2, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford For Improperly Handling Radioactive Waste

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:52 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.

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Tank Leak Update
12:44 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Hanford Tank Could Be Leaking Radioactive Waste Into Soil

A rendering of Hanford's double-shell tanks.
Flickr Photo/Department of Energy Office of River Protection

For months now, we’ve known that six underground storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation have been leaking radioactive waste. Now, the worst of these tanks may be leaking contaminated waste into the soil. Yesterday, radioactive material was detected outside the tank. Jeannie Yandel talks with King 5 investigate reporter Susannah Frame, who has been following this story closely.

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