Hanford

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.…

Judge rejects federal challenge to Hanford workers comp law

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge in Yakima has rejected the Trump administration's challenge to a Washington state law making it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to win workers compensation benefits.

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…

Hanford contractor earns $3.8M in government incentive pay

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy says the contractor building the massive nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation earned nearly 48% of possible incentive pay for the work last year. The Tri-City Herald reports the department announced Tuesday that contractor Bechtel National will receive nearly $3.8 million in incentive pay for the 2018 work on the vitrification plant in Washington state.

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…

School closures/delays due to storm: Tuesday, Feb. 5

NO SCHOOL TUESDAY Echo School District Grandview School District Hermiston School District Helix School District Highland School District Ione School District Kiona-Benton City School District (No breakfast, no a.m. preschool, no a.m. Tri Tech, no a.m. Lourdes Liberty Christian School…

Hanford workers on early release; swing, graveyard shifts canceled

Monday's winter storm and its impact on the roads is affecting work at the Hanford Site.Non-essential Hanford employees are being told to leave early "due to reduced visibility from blowing snow and related adverse weather conditions." Here is the plan:…

Cleanup estimate for Hanford site increases by $82 billion

HANFORD, Wash. (AP) - A new estimate from the U.S. Department of Energy raises remaining environmental cleanup costs at the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state by $82 billion.The Tri-City Herald reports the 2018 financial report brings the total cleanup costs to $242 billion at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Icy roads make for a slick morning commute

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Police throughout the Tri-Cities are warning drivers of the slick conditions they are seeing. The combination of rain and chilly temperatures are causing are roadways to ice up and freeze over. **ALERT WEATHER ADVISORY/ROAD CONDITIONS**Based on the…

'Robot' fish developed in Richland will be used by researchers worldwide

With multiple rivers running through eastern Washington, dams are a common sight. Hydropower is the world's largest renewable energy source, and dams in the Columbia River Basin alone account for a little more than one third of all U.S. hydropower.However,…

Meeting in Richland to discuss reclassification of nuclear waste

The Eastern Section of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Managers and The American Nuclear Society Eastern Washington Section are hosting a discussion over the federal government’s plan to redefine the term high-level nuclear waste.

State opposes move to reclassify Hanford tank waste

Washington state officials say a new plan to reclassify nuclear waste would "allow the federal government to walk away from its obligation to clean up millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive waste," a news release said Tuesday.