Hanford

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.

Come raise the paddle for The Reach Foundation next week

The REACH Museum wants the community to help celebrate a fifth anniversary by supporting its ongoing efforts to educate the community on the rich history of the Hanford area.The museum's annual Day's Pay Fundraiser is being held Thursday, June 20.…

LIGO Hanford gets $7.7 million to build STEM Exploration Center

After a years-long effort to secure funding, Richland's very own gravitational wave observatory will be expanding.The capital budget recently signed by Governor Inslee allocated $7.7 million to the LIGO Hanford Observatory to build a STEM Exploration Center."This has been a…

Contamination found twice at Hanford building temporarily stops work

Work is continuing at one of Hanford's most hazardous facilities after a temporary Stop Work order was put in place due to detected contamination, according to information released from the DOE Richland Operations Office.During work at the 324 Building, contamination…

Today in Tri-Cities history: Hanford's PUREX tunnel collapsed

It was exactly two years ago that a radioactive tunnel collapsed at the Hanford site, forcing thousands of workers to shelter in place and basically shutting down operations at the site for a few days.It happened the morning of May…

Demolition of Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant to restart soon

Demolition of Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant is set to restart again soon.Last week, workers finished removing all remaining demolition debris that was left at the plant.Demolition was initially put on hold in December 2017 when dozens of Hanford workers and…