Author: NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

Work to empty group of Hanford nuclear waste tanks nearly done

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - After almost two decades of work, the government has nearly finished removing radioactive wastes from a first group of underground storage tanks in eastern Washington.Work began 19 years ago to remove radioactive sludge and salt cake from 16 underground tanks known collectively as the C Tank Farm. The wastes are left over from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Hanford workers finish stabilizing collapsed tunnel

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished stabilizing a partially-collapsed tunnel containing radioactive wastes left over from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday the tunnel was filled with more than 4,400 cubic yards of grout intended to prevent any additional collapse.

Teen accused of shooting 4 classmates faces more charges

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 15-year-old boy charged with fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three others at his rural Washington state high school has made his first appearance in court.A judge on Wednesday in juvenile court in Spokane set a date to determine if Caleb Sharpe will be tried as an adult in the Oct. 13 shooting at Freeman High School near the tiny town of Rockford.The hearing is scheduled to start April 2, 2018, and is expected to last a week.

Boy pleads not guilty in Freeman High School shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty in a school shooting that left one classmate dead and three wounded in Washington state.Court documents released Tuesday revealed that Caleb Sharpe entered the plea Friday during a brief court appearance two days after the shooting at rural Freeman High School.Sharpe, a sophomore, is charged as a juvenile with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department's top official at Washington state's severely contaminated Hanford Nuclear Reservation says future accidental nuclear radiation releases are likely because the aging site's infrastructure is breaking down amid inadequate funding to quickly clean up millions of gallons of radioactive waste.