More radioactive contamination found outside an office at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. Number of workers with internal contamination increases to six. Total of 36 vehicles contaminated.
Hanford contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) has donated $40,000 to inspire middle-school students to pursue STEM careers. The donation was given to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation.
The Trump administration proposes cutting spending at the Hanford nuclear reservation in fiscal year 2019 by $230 million. The budget for both the DOE Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office would be cut.
Jacobs Engineering Group has sold its share of Mission Support Alliance, the Hanford nuclear reservation sitewide services contractor, to Leidos to avoid a conflict of interest after its purchase of CH2M.
A Hanford nuclear reservation contractor, CHPRC or CH2M, is tearing down the Research Technology Laboratory on the edge of PNNL’s campus in Richland. Some radioactive contamination that will be removed.
A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has scheduled a public meeting in the Tri-Cities Feb. 28 and March 1 to discuss ways to treat Hanford nuclear reservation tank waste.
The Hanford nuclear reservation vitrification plant project plans to lay off up to 60 workers the week of Jan. 5 as some of the engineering, procurement and construction nears completion, according to Bechtel National.
Hanford nuclear reservation reported a suspicious odor for the 2nd day in a row Feb. 6 that might be from harmful chemical vapors from underground waste tanks at the site. They declined medical evaluations.
Workers reported a suspicious smell inside a central Hanford nuclear reservation building Feb. 5, but declined a precautionary medical exam. Odors can be from harmful chemical vapors associated with tank waste.
The Washington state Department of Health wants more information and has concerns about potential risk to the public from the spread of radioactive contamination at the Hanford nuclear reservation if demolition restarts without better controls, it told the Department of Energy.
Radioactive contamination was found outside a Plutonium Finishing Plant office trailer at the Hanford nuclear reservation, after plant workers were relocated to that office and other offices farther from the plant.
The nomination of Anne White to lead environmental management projects, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, for the Department of Energy was approved by the Senate Committe on Energy and Natural Resources.
DOE brings in new leadership for Hanford nuclear reservation Plutonium Finishing Plant, after a spread of radioactive contamination. Jacobs Engineering Group is now in charge. More contamination was found on a worker’s car.
This video from November shows demolition of the north wall of the canyon, allowing heavy equipment to begin removing strong backs from the walls. Strong backs are brackets from which pencil-shaped processing tanks once hung. It also shows the array of dust suppression tools, each spraying water from a different angle to help control radiological contamination during demolition.
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Workers take down Plutonium Reclamation Facility Canyon
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