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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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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Will Be Priority For Next Energy Secretary

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:53 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Problems at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be a key issue in the confirmation hearings for the next Secretary of Energy. That’s what Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said after he toured the southeast Washington site Tuesday.

Wyden chairs the Senate committee that will consider President Obama’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The Oregon Democrat toured Hanford’s tank farms, where millions of gallons of radioactive waste is stored. Two of those tanks have possible leaks.

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Radioactive Waste
5:50 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

There’s Little Space To Pump Out Hanford’s Possible Leaking Tank

A Hanford Nuclear Reservation watchdog says U.S. Energy officials have bigger problems than the waste that is possibly leaking from a tank in southeast Washington. The tank, called T-111, is losing about 150 to 300 gallons of liquid waste a year.

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Buried Waste Tanks
5:35 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Apparent Hanford Leak Raises New Questions About Buried Tanks

Hanford's 200 single-shell underground waste storage tanks were built in the 1940s.
Credit Department of Energy

There are renewed concerns about the condition of buried waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The U.S. Department of Energy says one of those mammoth World War II era containers – thought to have been stabilized - is losing highly radioactive waste at a rate of 150 to 300 gallons a year.

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Hanford Tank Leak
3:56 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Inslee Calls Apparent Hanford Tank Leak 'Disturbing News'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:40 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to radioactive leaks from the Hanford reservation in southeast Washington. The Democrat made his comments Friday in response to news of an apparent leak of high level nuclear waste from an underground tank.

This would be the first leak of its kind since 2005. That’s when the US Department of Energy completed efforts to stabilize dozens of tanks that had released more than a million gallons of waste into the ground.

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Nuclear Waste
5:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Bipartisan Group Plans Overhaul For Radioactive Waste Disposal

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 5:07 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - A bipartisan group of senior senators is drafting a bill to overhaul the U.S. nuclear-waste program. The group, which includes Oregon’s Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, is aiming to find a permanent home for the nation’s radioactive waste.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:32 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Recent Reports Spur Controversy Over Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

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

News out of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can sometimes sound like just one critical report after another. In fact, last week a federal watchdog agency said Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant is in jeopardy. Several developments lately have intensified the debate over this question: Should a massive federal waste treatment plant move ahead or stop to fix its nagging technical problems? Correspondent Anna King has more.

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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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Idaho Nuclear Waste
6:16 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Underscores Commitment to Keep Nuclear Waste Out of Idaho

Idaho governor Butch Otter.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Congress

Idaho Governor Butch Otter underscored his commitment Monday to keeping more spent nuclear waste from entering Idaho. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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