Hanford Waste Treatment Plant

Hanford Cleanup
4:49 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Washington State Officials 'Extremely Disappointed' Over Key Hanford Deadlines

Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general say they’re "extremely disappointed" that the U.S. Department of Energy may miss several key deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Radioactive Soil
4:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Swallows Bring Radioactive Soil Into Hanford Waste Plant


Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:07 am

Workers are back on the job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. Work stopped this week when radioactive soil was found under the nests of some swallows.

Swallows used some radioactive mud to make nests on exposed beamwork in Hanford’s waste treatment plant. That’s the $12 billion factory designed to bind-up radioactive sludge in glass logs. The nests were found during routine tests, but this is the first radioactive contamination of the new plant.

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Hanford Cleanup
5:01 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hanford Cleanup Slows While Tanks Leak, Treatment Plant Stalls

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured Hanford's troubled waste treatment plant earlier this month.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than 200 employees received layoff notices this month. There could be 2,500 furloughs, all because of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester. That would further slow cleanup at the southeast Washington site. Meanwhile, radioactive waste at Hanford continues to leak from underground tanks.

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Hanford Project
5:07 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Federal Report Blasts Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant Project

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:04 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A federal watchdog agency says work should stop on parts of Hanford’s troubled Waste Treatment Plant. That’s the complex factory in southeast Washington being built to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive waste. A new report out Friday says the project will cost even more and take even longer.

The new report by the federal Government Accountability Office says the U.S. has paid contractors millions of dollars for work they didn’t do right. And the agency recommends trying to recoup those tax dollars.

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Hanford Construction
5:26 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Former Manager Calls For Work On Hanford Plant To Stop

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

Federal and state officials announced this week that construction can partially resume at Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant now that some technical problems have been resolved. But a top former Hanford manager is calling for the Secretary of Energy to halt work altogether on the southeast Washington project.

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