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NWPR Books
6:39 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Downwinder Book From Seattle Author Tackles Western Nuclear Contamination

Hear a reading by author Sarah Alisabeth Fox at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue in Seattle.
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You might have heard of “Hanford Downwinders.”

Now, a new book penned by a Northwest author tackles the stories of nuclear “downwinders” in the broader West. It hits the market in November. 

Sarah Aliabeth Fox found that radioactive contamination came from unexpected places. It would get onto workers’ clothes, it got in the air and it settled on crops hundreds of miles away. Crops that were served up on America’s dinner tables.

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Environment And Planning
6:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hanford Whistleblower Investigation Inconclusive Due To Withheld Documents

Donna Busche was fired last winter from the Waste Treatment Plant project at Hanford.
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A seven month federal investigation into the firing of a top safety manager at Hanford came up inconclusive Monday.

It was supposed to reveal what really happened in the whistleblower’s case, and if her safety concerns had merit. But the Department of Energy’s inspector general said federal contractors at southeast Washington’s nuclear reservation refused to hand over documents.

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Hanford Waste
5:46 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

EPA Fines Hanford For Stagnating Radioactive Waste Near Columbia River

The EPA is is fining the Department of Energy up to $10,000 for each week it fails to move radioactive sludge at Hanford away from the Columbia River.
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One federal agency intends to fine another up to $10,000 a week if radioactive waste isn’t cleaned up right near the Columbia River. It’s all happening at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. 

So there’s this old reactor called the K-West at Hanford. And behind it is this huge concrete swimming-pool-like basin. It was built in the ‘50s and meant to last for 20 years.

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Hanford Clean-up
4:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Inslee Announces Court Action In Hanford Clean-Up Fight

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 4:03 pm

The state of Washington is going back to federal court over clean-up at Hanford -- the nation’s largest nuclear waste site.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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