Nuclear Waste

Hanford Cleanup
4:58 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Report: Hanford Unprepared For Early Start On Cleanup

Hanford Waste Treatment Plan's Pretreatment Facility as seen from the center of the construction site.
U.S. Department of Energy

A new report says plans to get an early start at cleaning up some radioactive waste at Hanford may not work the way managers envisioned. The document is the latest criticism of a project to treat waste at the southeast Washington nuclear site.

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Safety At Hanford
4:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Flammable Gas In Hanford Waste Tanks Concerns Nuclear Watchdog

Tanks at the Hanford site.
U.S. Dept. of Energy

A federal nuclear watchdog is pushing Hanford managers to come up with a fix for flammable gas that may be building up in underground waste tanks. This is the latest round of criticism of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant
3:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Energy Secretary Investigates Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is personally investigating concerns over Hanford's waste treatment plant.
Dept. of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this week. Chu’s taking time out of his schedule to personally investigate concerns raised about Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant in southeast Washington.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chief Engineer Blasts Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Design and Construction

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

Another top-level engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has stepped forward airing serious concerns about the site’s massive waste treatment plant.

In a newly-released memo, the chief engineer charges there are serious problems with Bechtel National’s design and construction of the plant. And that the company should be taken off key portions of the project. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Potential Leak At Hanford
4:43 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Possible Radioactive Tank Leak At Hanford Being Investigated

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen.
Department of Energy

Scientists and engineers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are investigating a possible leak between two walls of a double-shelled nuclear radioactive waste tank there. In September, a robotic rover will explore the tank in question to see where this radioactive material might be coming from, and if the vessel is stable.

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Hanford Waste Tanks Cleanup
5:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Three Hanford Tanks Could Be Cleaned Out By End Of Summer

The Mobile Arm Retrieval System (MARS) arm stretches into a huge tank that simulates the nuclear waste found inside a Hanford storage tank.
Department of Energy

Washington environmental regulators are hoping that crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will clean out three more aging tanks of radioactive waste by the end of summer. A federal judge has ordered that ten tanks in an area known as “C-Farm” have to be closed by September of 2014.

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Hanford Safety Testing
4:07 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Hanford Safety Testing Will Cost 'Tens-Of-Millions'

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site, is a 65-acre complex.
Bechtel National, Inc.

Construction on large sections of a waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will slow down because of major new testing that’s required. That’s the announcement Tuesday from top managers at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Northwest News
4:38 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Hanford Contractors Work Toward Moving Dangerous K-Basin Sludge

A worker observes a specially engineered container that was designed to receive sludge underwater in the K Basin.
Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy Northwest News Network

A new $11 million contract moves plans ahead to clean up radioactive sludge at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It’s in an area called the K-West Basin just 400-yards from the Columbia River.

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Hanford Cleanup
3:57 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Delayed Hanford Waste Decision Nettles Washington Regulators

Workers at Hanford remove low-activity waste from a tank.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

A draft environmental plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation puts off a decision on how to treat a big portion of nuclear tank waste at the southeast Washington site. We’re talking about what to do with radioactive gunk called low-activity waste. The delay of that decision is nettling Washington’s Ecology department. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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