Hanford

Hanford employee being tested for novel coronavirus

HANFORD, Wash. — The Department of Energy has stated that a Hanford employee is being tested for COVID-19. The employee had access to the office building located at 3170 George Washington Way. It’s been restricted as a precaution until it’s…

3 structures at high risk of collapsing at Hanford site

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Three radioactively contaminated structures are at high risk of collapsing on a former nuclear weapons production site, but could be stabilized by filling them with a concrete-like grout within the next year, the federal government said.…

Demolition of Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant complete

RICHLAND, Wash. – The plant that produced two-thirds of the nation’s Cold War-era plutonium no longer exists. After 40 years of operations, and 20 years of cleanout and demolition preparation, crews recently finished demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s main processing…

First team of chemists arrives at Hanford's Vit Plant

The first team of chemists has arrived at Hanford's Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), better known as the Vit Plant. The chemists will perform the first scientific work taking place inside the plant's Analytical Laboratory to support starting the…

Hanford worker who died on the job identified

HANFORD, Wash. -- A Hanford worker who died on the job Wednesday has been identified as 49-year-old Teresa Weathers, according to Benton County Coroner Bill Leach.

New control room completed at Hanford's Vit Plant

A major tool for spearheading nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford site is now complete, close to two decades in the making.U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse and Kim Schrier, along with representatives from Bechtel National and the Department of Energy held…

Deer cause several crashes in Hanford area early Thursday

Benton County deputies were on the scene of several crashes involving deer early Thursday morning.At around 4:50 a.m., scanner dispatchers indicated three vehicles had crashed because of two deers.Those crashes all happened on Route 4 south, in the Hanford area.…

DNR: Cold Creek Fire grows to 15,000 acres

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.): The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says the Cold Creek Fire has burned about 15,000 acres near Hanford. The fire is estimated to be 10 percent contained.   

New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains standing.