Department of Energy

Department of Energy
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Moniz Reshuffles Department Of Energy Management

The Obama Administration nominated Beth Robinson for the new undersecretary position.
Credit NASA

The head of the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to reshuffle the management of the agency. Those changes at the top may shift how cleanup gets done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Hanford
5:38 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford For Improperly Handling Radioactive Waste

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:52 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.

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Hanford Leaks
5:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Inslee: Leaking Tank Waste Removal Can’t Begin For Two To Four Years

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the under-construction waste treatment plant at Hanford on Wednesday.
Credit Office of the Governor

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says it may take two to four years to begin removing liquids from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Federal Plan Forward On Hanford Tank Farms Coming Soon

The new document maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government plans to release a major document early next week that could guide a couple of decades worth of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This is important because it maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.

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Energy Secretary at Hanford
4:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Energy Secretary Might Get Hands-On With Hanford Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks in Richland, Wash.
CH2MHill Northwest News

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu fielded questions about safety at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Friday. He assured hundreds of workers listening in a Richland park that challenges in the massive cleanup of radioactive waste are getting attention at the highest level.

Secretary Chu said he’s really serious about wanting safety at Hanford. He’s particularly focused on the site’s $12 billion waste treatment plant, now under construction. It’s meant to stabilize 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

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Hanford Whistleblower Case
5:33 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Judge Drops Dept. Of Energy From Hanford Whistleblower Case

Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in December 2011.
Image via U.S. Senate U.S. Senate

A high level whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving ahead with a lawsuit against a federal contractor. But Walt Tamosaitis would have to appeal in order to take the federal government to court. At issue is the safety culture at Hanford.

Walt Tamosaitis sued the U.S. Department of Energy and contractor URS after he was removed from his job. He claims it was retaliation for raising safety concerns about the $12 billion waste treatment plant going up in southeast Washington.

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Dept. Of Energy Visits Hanford
4:35 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Federal Oversight Team Visits Hanford This Week

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site is a 65 acre complex.
Photo courtesy of Bechtel National, Inc.

An independent oversight team from the Department of Energy is visiting the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this week. Richland Correspondent Anna King explains why.

The agency is called the Department of Energy’s Office of Health, Safety and Security or H.S.S. It’s responsible for enforcing the Energy department’s self regulation of nuclear safety, worker health and safety and information security.

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Hanford Delays
6:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Wash. Officials Shocked By Energy Secretary’s Hanford Remark

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
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PASCO, Wash. – Washington state officials are reacting negatively to the possibility that there might be a delay to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s massive waste treatment plant. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu raised that prospect in comments last week.

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