Cleanup

Handford Leak
6:43 am
Mon July 22, 2013

No Exterior Leak From Hanford Tank, According To Department Of Energy

Here’s an update on a double-hulled tank that’s leaking internally at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The Department of Energy said Friday that recent tests show there is no leak of radioactive material outside of the tank. But the State of Washington says it still wants Hanford managers to pump the liquids out of the tank immediately. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Energy Secretary
6:20 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New U.S. Energy Secretary Set To Visit Hanford This Week

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Ernest Moniz, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visits Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington on Wednesday. Among the issues he will have to deal with are the leaking underground tanks of radioactive waste and the troubled waste treatment plant.

From his resume, it appears Moniz isn’t short on brainpower. He’s been on the faculty of MIT since 1973. Secretary Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
6:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Japanese Officials Visit Hanford For Nuclear Cleanup Strategies

Mark Triplett Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:33 am

The people overseeing the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster are learning some valuable lessons from the long-running cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A Japanese government delegation recently toured some of the southeast Washington site.

In Japan, workers in gloves and masks are grinding down sidewalks and roads, wiping down rooftops and bagging contaminated soil. Now, the problem is where to put all that radioactive waste from Fukushima.

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Duwamish Cleanup
6:38 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Comment Period Open For Proposed Superfund Clean Up Plan On Seattle's Duwamish River

People in communities along Seattle's Lower Duwamish River, a superfund site, came together to learn about the EPA's proposed clean up plan, open for public comment until June 13.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

The proposed clean up plan for the Duwamish River super fund site in Seattle is open for final public comment. The 305 million dollar plan would tackle 100 years of industrial pollution that have lead to high levels of contamination in the river. Ashley Ahearn reports the EPA is asking the public to weigh in.

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Hanford Cleanup
7:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hanford Watchdogs: Sending Tank Waste To New Mexico Won't Work

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:30 am

 

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Derelict Vessels
7:36 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels But Funding Problems Remain

Recreational boaters in Washington pay a registration fee, part of which covers clean up and removal of derelict vessels. Commercial vessels do not pay into that fund.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

There are several hundred derelict and abandoned vessels dotting the waterways of Washington and Oregon. They can block navigation and pollute the environment. And they can also be very expensive to remove.

Bills to fund the clean up and prevention of derelict vessels have now been passed in the Washington house and senate, but Ashley Ahearn reports, no permanent sources of funding for large vessel removal have been identified.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Best Case, Tank Waste Removal Will Take Years

Hanford Nuclear Reservation tour by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. During his visit Governor Inslee drove past some of the leaking tanks at Hanford and tour the nuclear site's troubled waste treatment plant.
Photo by Anna King

It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday. Correspondent Anna King was on that bus tour and has more.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:32 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Recent Reports Spur Controversy Over Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

A view of the 65-acre Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

News out of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can sometimes sound like just one critical report after another. In fact, last week a federal watchdog agency said Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant is in jeopardy. Several developments lately have intensified the debate over this question: Should a massive federal waste treatment plant move ahead or stop to fix its nagging technical problems? Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Portland Harbor Cleanup
6:29 am
Thu January 24, 2013

EPA Criticizes Clean-Up Study for Portland Harbor Superfund Site

The EPA announced it will redo parts of a study exploring ways to clean-up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. An initial draft prepared by groups that will pay for the cleanup was biased, the agency says. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix explains.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Federal Government Reviewing Hanford Contractor Payments

Waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government is reviewing three years of payments to a major contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The review follows growing concerns about a nuclear waste treatment plant at the southeast Washington site. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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