Tag Archives: Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Hanford nuclear waste report comes up short, say experts

Not enough is known to decide on the best and most economical way to treat much of the low-activity radioactive waste in Hanford’s underground tanks, said a committee of the National Academies of Sciences. Still, a decision may need to be made soon to be ready to treat the waste on schedule, it said. Source: […]
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Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two major environmental cleanup contracts for up to a year at a contaminated nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that the extensions were granted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation rather than establishing new contracts that might have caused delays. Source: Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts […]
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Feds Say Hanford’s PUREX Plant Is Degrading, Needs Stabilizing Soon

A new federal report says that a massive building at the Hanford Nuclear Site is worse off than managers thought. The so-called PUREX — Plutonium Uranium Extraction — plant isn’t clean. Starting in 1956 the plant processed loads of plutonium. Its walls are up to 6 feet thick, and it’s as long as three football fields. Source: […]
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Washington Sets Deadlines To Clean Up Hanford Nuclear Wastes

Washington is setting new deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in underground storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The state of Washington is setting new deadlines to clean up a former plutonium production site that contains a massive quantity of radioactive waste. Such deadlines are usually set through negotiations among the Washington Department of […]
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DOE Says No Changes Planned For Handling Of High-Level Hanford Nuclear Waste

A U.S. Department of Energy official says there is no change proposed for waste designated as high level at the Hanford nuclear complex. The News Tribune reported Wednesday that DOE undersecretary for science Paul Dabbar says the department currently does not “have any plans to propose anything in Washington state.” Source: DOE Says No Changes Planned For […]
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Big spring growth could make for bad fire season at Hanford

At the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington, and across the West, winter’s deep snow and a cool spring have produced lots of brush and grass. That’s a problem for the coming fire season. Hanford and the region surrounding it is a desert. Sagebrush and bunchgrass stud the site. But there’s also a lot of […]
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Walden stresses need to improve progress of Hanford cleanup

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden stressed the need to improve progress of nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Site during a hearing Wednesday before the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Republican from Hood River cited a Government Accountability Office report, which he called for in 2017, that raised concerns the Office of Environmental Management’s under the […]
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Walden stresses need to improve progress of Hanford cleanup 

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden stressed the need to improve progress of nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Site during a hearing Wednesday before the Energy and Commerce Committee. Source: Walden stresses need to improve progress of Hanford cleanup | Local News | eastoregonian.com

Federal Government Says 2nd Hanford Tunnel With Radioactive Waste All Sealed Up

The project to stabilize and seal a large tunnel of radioactive waste has been completed at the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor. The so-called Tunnel 2 project started in October 2018 at the massive cleanup site near Richland, Washington. Source: Federal Government Says 2nd Hanford Tunnel With Radioactive Waste […]
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Federal Plan Could Reclassify Hanford Nuclear Waste

A new proposal from the Trump administration could dramatically change the way the government cleans up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. In fall 2018, the Department of Energy released a proposal to downgrade the rating of some of the country’s high-level radioactive waste to a lower status. But critics say it could be bad news […]
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