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Electric Cars
4:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon'

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 4:04 pm

Imagine paying less than a dollar per gallon for your commute, compared to today's statewide averages of $3.84 in Oregon and Washington and $3.80 in Idaho for a gallon of gas. Eighty-four cents in Idaho and Washington -- or 96 cents in Oregon -- per gasoline gallon equivalent is how much the US Department of Energy figures it costs to recharge an electric car in each state.

The agency's assistant secretary David Danielson announced an online cost comparison calculator Tuesday for what he calls the "eGallon."

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Ernest Moniz
4:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

New Energy Secretary: Nuclear Waste Cleanup Among Top Priorities

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:51 pm

The Obama administration’s new secretary of energy says his top priorities are responding to climate change, safely managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and fostering scientific research. Ernest Moniz made the comments at his swearing-in ceremony Tuesday.

He also mentioned the need to clean up the nation’s Cold War legacy waste. That would include work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington, “Including attention to the communities and workforce as we go into a somewhat uncertain future again, especially in terms of the budget environment.”

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Energy Secretary Nominee
4:04 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Energy Secretary Nominee Fields Questions On Hanford

C-SPAN

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:34 pm

President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Energy Secretary says he’ll visit the Hanford Nuclear Reservation soon if he’s confirmed. 

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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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Hanford Furloughs
4:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Song About Hanford Furloughs Picks Up Viewers On YouTube

Strickling Family

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Jason Strickling and his wife Lana of Pasco, Wash. are planning some extra time with the kids this summer. That’s because she works for a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor in southeast Washington and her employer is requiring her to take about five weeks of unpaid leave before September.

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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 Leak
4:51 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Fresh Litigation Over Hanford A 'Definite Possibility' Says Washington AG

Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 4:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The latest Hanford waste leak will be on the agenda as Washington Governor Jay Inslee meets Friday with US Energy Secretary Stephen Chu. Meanwhile, Washington’s Attorney General says legal action to force a more aggressive clean up schedule at Hanford is possible.

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Hanford Budget Cuts
5:32 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hanford Cleanup Would Likely Fall Behind With 'Sequester'

Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:28 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Major portions of the cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation could stall if budget cuts known as the sequester start in March. The impasse comes just as two tanks at the southeast Washington site may be leaking.

A report by the Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee estimates that the budget cuts beginning in March would furlough more than 1,000 workers at Hanford for about six weeks. The document also says that pumping radioactive tank waste out of suspect underground tanks to newer vessels would be delayed.

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