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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Best Case, Tank Waste Removal Will Take Years

Hanford Nuclear Reservation tour by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. During his visit Governor Inslee drove past some of the leaking tanks at Hanford and tour the nuclear site's troubled waste treatment plant.
Photo by Anna King

It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday. Correspondent Anna King was on that bus tour and has more.

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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 Spending Cuts
5:49 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:40 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.

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Hanford History
4:27 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington State University Leads New Hanford Oral History Project

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:51 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A coalition of groups from southeast Washington is collecting oral histories about the the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and communities around it -- from pioneer days to post-war-cleanup. An announcement was made Tuesday by Washington State University Tri-Cities and 10 other community groups.

The project team intends to collect new interviews, digitize existing ones and make them available online and at the university in a permanent collection.

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Hanford Tanks
4:09 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Regulators Say Leaking Hanford Tanks Pose No Threat To Locals

Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 3:34 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Environmental regulators are assuring lawmakers in Olympia that leaking radioactive material from tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has not yet reached ground water. The comments came at a hearing Thursday in the Washington Senate.

Hanford managers have said six single-shelled tanks are leaking nuclear waste.

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Hanford Leaks
5:59 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Inslee Expresses Concern Over Hanford Leaks, Other Areas of Site

Washington Closure Hanford

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:53 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday expressed his continuing apprehension over the tank leaks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He says as the Department of Energy and its contractors are evaluating more than 100 tanks with a new set of criteria, “I have real concerns about the remaining single shell tanks as well.”

Separately, Hanford managers said Wednesday they’ve successfully cleaned up a major part of contaminated land just north of Richland called the 300 Area.

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Hanford Investigation
4:17 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Wyden Calls For Investigation Into Hanford's Leaking Tanks

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:15 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is calling for a federal investigation into the leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. Tuesday the senator asked the federal Government Accountability Office to look into the six single-hulled tanks that are losing radioactive waste.

Wyden is the new chair of a committee that closely watches and funds work at Hanford. The Department of Energy says less than three gallons of radioactive waste could be leaking from the tanks each day.

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Hanford Tanks
4:53 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

DOE: Hanford Tanks Leaking Less Than 3 Gallons Per Day

Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:15 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new detail has emerged on the leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal Energy Department acknowledged last week that six single-shelled tanks are holding less radioactive waste than they used to. Monday the agency said those tanks are losing less than three gallons a day.

Worst case: Three gallons per day adds up to 1,095 gallons of radioactive waste per year. The Department of Energy says it doesn’t know yet how long these tanks might have been seeping waste.

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Hanford's Leaking Tanks
5:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Sen. Wyden Wants Investigation Into More Tank Leaks At Hanford

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:55 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Oregon Senator Ron Wyden will be asking the federal Government Accountability Office to investigate the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank monitoring and maintenance program. This after Friday’s revelation that a total of seven tanks are leaking at Hanford, and there might be more.

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Hanford Tanks
4:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Inslee Says At Least Seven Tanks At Hanford Leaking

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:57 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee says at least seven tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are leaking, not two. He says the Department of Energy and its contractors have apparently miscalculated data that would have found the leaks earlier.

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