Tag Archives: Nuclear Waste

Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste 

Western governors are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn’t consult their states’ nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico, the governors say. The Western Governors’ Association in a Sept. 30 letter to the Energy Department said the plan released in August for the Waste […]
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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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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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State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal 

The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation’s largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground. The state this week filed its objections to a Trump administration plan to reclassify […]
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Regulators Discuss New Plans For Nuclear Waste At Hanford

Federal and state energy regulators will hold back-to-back meetings in Portland on Tuesday for a proposal to reclassify some of the high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Washington. Federal and state energy regulators will hold back-to-back meetings in Portland on Tuesday for a proposal to reclassify some of the high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford […]
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Will The Grout Filling Hanford’s Tunnel Ever Be Cleaned Up? .

This spring, an underground train tunnel full of radioactive waste was discovered partially collapsed at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington state. Now, federal contractors are prepping the site to fill the unstable tunnel with grout. They’re planning to start Monday night. Source: Will The Grout Filling Hanford’s Tunnel Ever Be Cleaned Up? . News […]
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Our view: Hanford’s waste spread under a cloak of secrecy

Government secrecy sometimes shields incompetence — in Hanford’s case, disastrously. Citadel of Secrets is one way of describing Washington, D.C. The dirty little secret about Washington’s secrets is that we all might be better off with fewer of them. Writing Aug. 27 in The New York Times Magazine, Beverly Gage quotes the late U.S. Sen. […]
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Dept. Of Energy Rolls Out Options For Remaining Radioactive Hanford Tunnel

The U.S. Department of Energy rolled out several options at a public meeting Thursday night to stabilize what’s known as Tunnel 2 at the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington. Stabilizing the tunnel became a priority after nearby Tunnel 1 was found partially collapsed this spring. Source: Dept. Of Energy Rolls Out Options For Remaining Radioactive […]
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