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Stop work order issued for some Hanford tank farm work

A Hanford tank farm employee called a stop to certain work at the tank farms near the end of the work day Monday over safety questions about beryllium controls. Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) is in charge of the Hanford nuclear reservation’s tank farms.

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Trump budget request up for DOE sites like Hanford; PNNL a mixed bag

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 proposes spending somewhat more money on Department of Energy environmental cleanup projects, which could include the Hanford nuclear reservation. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws research money from many programs, which have varying support in the budget blueprint.

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Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant

Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has been taken off the grid for the safety of workers who have started demolition and those who are preparing for additional demolition work at the high hazard plant. Demolition restarted this week after a spread of radioactive material in January.

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Hanford officials, unions agree on limited change to vapor protection

Hanford tank farm contractor Washington River Protection Solutions and the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council have agreed to lift a blanket requirement that workers wear supplied air respirators to enter tank farms at the nuclear reservation. Under very limited conditions, less cumbersome air purifying respirators may be used, while more testing is done.

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Report: Hanford vit plant failed to cancel unneeded purchases

A report by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General found Hanford nuclear reservation officials failed to cancel some purchase orders after construction on some parts of the vitrification plant were halted to resolve technical issues. DOE contractor Bechtel National said it and DOE had identified a possible way to use some of the most expensive equipment ordered.

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Hanford engineer makes film debut

Roshellia Goines, a Hanford nuclear reservation engineer, is one of the engineers in the IMAX giant-screen film, “Dream Big — Engineering Our World.” It is playing across North America, including in Portland and Seattle.