nuclear waste

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 Competition
4:35 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Competition Seeks To Save Money At Hanford

Federal, contractor and national laboratory staff participate in the Office of River Protection’s Grand Challenge Workshop this past July.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are looking for creative ways to save money at the southeast Washington site. They’re holding an idea competition with federal and contractor employees called the Grand Challenge. 

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Hanford Waste Plan
4:14 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Inslee: Hanford Plan Doesn't Include Immediate Solution For Leaky Waste Tanks

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:41 pm

Washington's Governor calls a new proposal to phase-in portions of cleanup at Hanford an intriguing idea, but says it doesn’t solve immediate problems of leaking waste tanks.

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Nuclear Waste
5:30 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Hanford Waste Plan Under Debate In New Mexico

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:24 pm

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to send some nuclear waste from leaky storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to southern New Mexico. The proposed new storage site is near Carlsbad and it's called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP, as it’s known, has been prohibited from receiving Hanford tank waste for nearly a decade. Now, New Mexicans are debating whether to reverse course, and accept some of the waste.

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Radioactive Tank Waste
6:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

What Makes Hanford’s 'TRU' Tank Waste Different From The Rest?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 1:58 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - The U.S. Department of Energy says its wants to send 3 million gallons of radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to a storage site in New Mexico. That’s 3 million gallons out of a total of 56 million gallons of some of the most toxic stuff on earth.

But what is different about this waste in particular, and why some groups are against moving it to New Mexico?

At a recent news conference at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said, “We have some good news here today.”

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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 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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