Hanford

State Demands Pumping of Hanford Tank

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The state is demanding that the federal government begin removing radioactive liquid waste from a leaking double-walled tank at Hanford by September. 1.The state Department of Ecology's order today requires pumping to begin about 18 months…

Dept. of Energy Decides to Close Hanford Laboratory Facility

The Department of Energy is closing the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford in an effort to reduce infrastructure costs. The facility, which analyzes samples with trace amounts of chemicals and radioactive materials from the Hanford site, will close…

DOE secretary meets with Washington state governor

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz met with Gov. Jay Inslee to present a draft cleanup plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.But Inslee said Monday the draft fell short of what the state expected.Inslee and Moniz met at…

Senate Subcommittee Probes Hanford Whistleblower Retaliation

Two whistleblowers who were fired after reporting nuclear safety issues at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant met with a Senate subcommittee in Washington, D.C. today. The hearing addressed retaliation against employees who raised concerns, and the roles and responsibilities of…

More waste found in leaking tank at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Workers have found more waste leaking between the walls of a nuclear storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.The waste was found in a new place between the walls of Tank AY-102. It is dry waste…

Murray concerned about Hanford budget

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is concerned about the Obama administration's proposed budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.The administration on Tuesday requested just under $2.1 billion for environmental cleanup in fiscal 2015.Murray in a press release…

Concerns Raised About Hanford Tanks

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- New documents show there are "significant construction flaws" in some newer, double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks that could lead to additional leaks at the Hanford nuclear complex in Washington state.Those tanks hold some of the worst…

UMCDF Workforce Reduction Starts Today

From the URS- HERMISTON, Ore. - The workforce at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) will dip under 100 employees after a Reduction in Force (RIF) is completed today (Feb. 27) Thursday's RIF is tied to the project's "demolition…

1,153-ton Waste Vault Removed from Hanford's 300 Area

RICHLAND, WA - Today, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Richland Operations Office announced the removal of a massive concrete vault that once held two 15,000-gallon stainless steel tanks used to collect highly contaminated waste from Hanford's 300 Area laboratories as…

Test Reactor Removed

Washington Closure Hanford reaches a clean-up milestone today as the final test reactor is being removed from the 300 area.The plutonium recycling test reactor was used in the 1960's to test alternative fuels for commercial nuclear reactors. Demolition of the…