hanford nuclear reservation

4:38 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Website Offers Searchable Oral History Archive About Hanford Site

Veronica Taylor, an elder of the Nez Perce tribe, grew up along the Columbia River at Hanford.
Atomic Heritage Foundation

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:55 pm

When the federal government decided to make plutonium in southeast Washington, early farmers and whole villages of Native Americans were kicked out. Now, a new collection of oral histories tells some of these stories of the Hanford site.

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Hanford Waste Tanks
7:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal GAO Report: Hanford Radioactive Waste Tanks Need New Plan

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

There’s got to be a better plan for leaking tanks of waste at Washington State’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to a new report by the federal Government Accountability Office.

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Hanford Vapors
7:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

For the third time this week there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford. This time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

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Hanford Lawsuit
4:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hanford Watchdogs And Union Intend To Sue Federal Government Over Tank Vapors At Site

Three groups intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor over vapors from storage tanks at Hanford.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Thursday three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

Seattle-based watchdog group Hanford Challenge, a Richland workers’ union, and the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility are piling on. They said there’s been a lack of action at the Hanford site to correct worker exposures to harmful tank vapors.

The groups notified Energy and Hanford contractor Washington River Protection Solutions about the intent to sue in 90 days.

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Hanford Digging
6:07 am
Fri November 7, 2014

How Much Digging Should The Government Do At Hanford?

An aerial view of the 200 Area at Hanford -- also known as the Central Plateau.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Removing and disposing of contaminated soil is one of the biggest jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

So when government officials announced this week they want to look into digging a bit shallower at the southeast Washington site, a lot of people took notice.

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