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Hanford officials: Emptying waste from leaking tank completed

The Department of Energy has completed work to empty Hanford’s double-shell tank, Tank AY-102, with an interior leak, DOE’s contractor notified the Washington State Department of Ecology. After using two different technologies to empty the tank, 98 percent of the waste has been removed, according to Hanford nuclear reservation officials.

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Report: Hanford quality control issue had cost, safety consequences

Shortcomings in the quality assurance requirements for Hanford subcontractors on cleanup projects along the Columbia River cost taxpayer and contributed to one near-miss incident that had the potential to injure workers, said a new report. The Department of Energy Office of Inspector General looked at Washington Closure Hanford subcontracting.

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Signs promising as deadline nears for emptying Hanford waste tank

Work appears to have stopped to empty Tank AY-102 at the Hanford nuclear reservation less than two weeks until a March 4 deadline to have the double shell tank with an interior leak emptied enough to determine the cause of the leak. The Department of Energy will notify the Washington State Department of Ecology when it is through with radioactive waste retrieval.

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Hanford vapors trial delayed until March 2018

A federal judge has agreed to postpone until March 5, 2018, a trial on demands for better protection for Hanford nuclear reservation workers, a delay of more than four months. The state of Washington, Hanford Challenge and Local 598 are seeking better protection for workers from chemical vapors associated with waste in underground tanks.

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Trump EPA official wants faster Hanford cleanup

President Donald Trump is a man who likes to get things done and that could mean progress on environmental cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation, said Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, the communications director for the Environmental Protection Agency’s transition team.

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GAO: DOE cost estimate for disposal of Hanford waste too low

A preliminary Department of Energy estimate for disposing of high-level radioactive waste from Hanford and other defense sites at a separate national repository omitted billions of dollars in expected costs, according to a Government Accountability Office report released this week. The schedule also is questionable, the report found.

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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