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Hanford B Reactor
7:11 am
Fri September 26, 2014

70 Years Ago The First Full-Scale Nuclear Reactor Went Hot

When the B Reactor at Hanford began operating in September 1944, about 64,000 rods of metallic uranium, known as fuel elements, were placed inside the reactor core.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Seventy years ago Friday, an 11-month frenzied construction project went hot. It all happened in the remote southeast Washington desert.

Scientists pulled the control rods out of the first full-scale nuclear reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The startup of B Reactor is one of the key moments in the dawn of the Atomic Age.

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Radioactive Waste
6:55 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Richland-Built Technology To Treat Radioactive Water In Japan

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiich are filling 27-feet-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

The filtering system looks like five large shipping containers. Except, they’re awfully shiny and have a lot of high-tech whiz-bang pipes, electronics and tanks inside. Workers here are still welding, and testing the systems.

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Nuclear Power
5:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nuclear Power Plant Safety Report

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013.
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission / Flickr

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say they’ve been on top of the issues.

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Northwest Power Source
6:42 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Power Planners Ponder The Northwest Without A Nuclear Power Plant

Columbia Generating Station near Richland, WA.
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr

Northwest power planners may do their own analysis on the impacts of shutting down the region’s only nuclear power plant, which operates near Richland, Washington.

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Nuclear Plant Debate
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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Handford Leak
6:43 am
Mon July 22, 2013

No Exterior Leak From Hanford Tank, According To Department Of Energy

Here’s an update on a double-hulled tank that’s leaking internally at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The Department of Energy said Friday that recent tests show there is no leak of radioactive material outside of the tank. But the State of Washington says it still wants Hanford managers to pump the liquids out of the tank immediately. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
6:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Japanese Officials Visit Hanford For Nuclear Cleanup Strategies

Mark Triplett Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:33 am

The people overseeing the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster are learning some valuable lessons from the long-running cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A Japanese government delegation recently toured some of the southeast Washington site.

In Japan, workers in gloves and masks are grinding down sidewalks and roads, wiping down rooftops and bagging contaminated soil. Now, the problem is where to put all that radioactive waste from Fukushima.

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Nuclear Power Plant
4:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.

Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.

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Breaking
2:52 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Possible Leak At Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:54 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A tank full of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington may be leaking. Friday the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors say liquid levels in an underground radioactive waste tank are going down.

The single-hulled tank is called T-111. It’s located in central Hanford in a group of tanks called T-farm. The Department of Energy reports the rate of loss is about 150 to 300 gallons of liquid a year.

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LINE Report
6:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Report

LINE Commission Chairman Jeff Sayer explaining the recommendations to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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