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Hanford contractor to pay $5.3 million over timecard fraud allegations

Washington River Protection Solutions has agreed to pay nearly $5.3 million to settle allegations of timecard fraud at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The Department of Justice accused the tank farm contractor of submitting claims for payment to the Department of Energy for work that had not been provided as claimed and of questionable internal audit practices.

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Energy secretary nominee pledges support for Hanford cleanup

Rick Perry, the nominee for energy secretary, plans a visit to the Hanford nuclear reservation and would meet with unions to hear worker concerns, he said in response to questions by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., during his confirmation hearing Thursday. Climate change, Yucca Mountain and his previous plan to abolish the Department of Energy also came up.

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Report: Hanford tank vapor concerns strong as ever

Little progress appears to have been made to address the concerns of union employees about exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to a new report. The Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessments, which is independent of Hanford DOE offices, prepared the report to look at progress to address tank vapor issues.

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Bechtel spins off Hanford vit plant work to new company

The Department of Energy contractor for the Hanford vitrification plant project and its primary subcontractor have created a new company for construction, start up and commissioning of the plant. Bechtel National and AECOM formed the new company Waste Treatment Completion Co., or WTCC, for work at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

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Demolition of Hanford’s historic McCluskey Room starts

Work has started to tear down the historic McCluskey Room at Hanford, the site of one of Hanford’s worst radiological accidents. Harold McCluskey, who came to be known as the Atomic Man, was injured in an explosion in the room within the nuclear reservation’s Plutonium Finishing Plant.

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Newhouse appointed to Appropriations Committee

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., has been nominated to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, putting him in a key position to make sure the Hanford nuclear reservation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have adequate federal funds.

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Radioactive contamination spreading within Hanford plant

Radioactive contamination is spreading within the Hanford nuclear reservation’s REDOX plant and could threaten the environment as the plant’s buildings continue to deteriorate. A Department of Energy report recommends taking steps soon rather than waiting until the plant is planned to be demolished about 2032.

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Vit plant receives big piece of equipment

The last major equipment for the Hanford vitrification plant's Low Activity Waste Facility, a 19-ton caustic scrubber, arrived at the plant this week and was lowered through the 90-foot-high roof.
Courtesy Bechtel National
Vit plant receives big piece of equipment 1:01

Vit plant receives big piece of equipment

Safe management of cesium-storntium capsules 8:16

Safe management of cesium-storntium capsules

Hanford contractor releases rehabilitated owl 1:17

Hanford contractor releases rehabilitated owl

Time lapse of demolition prep at Hanford Plutonium Reclamation Facility 1:48

Time lapse of demolition prep at Hanford Plutonium Reclamation Facility