Hanford Site

Hanford Working Conditions
7:11 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

A meeting of Hanford nuclear site workers.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Hanford workers who are worried about getting sick turned out by the dozens for a public meeting in Richland Wednesday. Some of the nuclear site employees say the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors aren’t doing enough to protect them from hazardous and smelly chemical vapors. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Hanford Vapors
6:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery. It's one of the reasons tracking down the vapor problems at the tank farms is so hard.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The federal government led a bus load of journalists to points across the Hanford nuclear site. Officials wanted to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe from chemical vapors. Since the spring a run of workers have needed medical attention from vapor exposure. Correspondent Anna King was on the bus, and files this report.

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Hanford Waste Cleanup
5:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

State, Federal Government Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup

Washington state and the federal government gave themselves a second 40-day deadline to develop a cleanup plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Department of Energy

Washington state and the federal government just gave themselves a 40-day deadline. They need a clear cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.

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Hanford Waste Cleanup
6:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Federal and Washington State Court-Ordered 40-Day Negotiations Are Up

This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the federal government to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the federal government to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline. But with this week’s 40-day deadline it seems the state and the U.S. Department of Energy have very different views of where things are.

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Hanford Clean Up
4:57 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks

The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington State and the federal government for cleaning up Hanford’s leaking radioactive waste tanks.
Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington state and the federal government for cleaning up Hanford’s leaking radioactive waste tanks.

But at Hanford’s annual update for the public in Richland this week, it was clear agreement between the state and the federal government is still a ways off.

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Hanford
8:23 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hanford: Can Tank Vapor Problems Be Fixed?

 Each year federal and state managers at Handford's southeast Washington nuclear cleanup site give a rundown on how things are going. Last night’s conversation was dominated by what’s being done to improve conditions for workers at Hanford’s radioactive tank farms.  

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Hanford Clean Up
5:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State Of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general Bob Ferguson complained that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. They want the feds to stick to agreed-upon deadlines and are demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones. 

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Hanford Fumes
7:24 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

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Hanford
4:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

View inside the space between the two walls of Tank AY-102 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Friday the state of Washington ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The state says pumping must begin by September first. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Hanford
3:37 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Secretary Moniz Meets With Washington Governor On Hanford

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday.
Credit Office of the Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the US Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan. The Democrat's comments follow a face-to-face meeting with the Secretary of Energy who made a special trip to meet with the governor.

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