Washington Closure Hanford and the Department of Justice did not reach a settlement agreement over subcontracting allegations at the nuclear reservation by an April 13 deadline. The contractor is resolving unrelated issues DOE issues.
The Hanford nuclear reservation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Bonneville Power Administration were among topics raised at Senate and House congressional budget hearings for the fiscal 2019 budget proposed by the Trump administration.
The nonprofit Outrider has created an interactive nuclear bomb simulator to show what would happen if a nuclear bomb was dropped. The Tri-Cities is forever linked to nuclear weapons after the Hanford nuclear reservation produced plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb in World War II.
The Department of Energy will extend the contract of Washington River Protection Solution’s (WRPS), the Hanford nuclear reservation tank farm contractor, for up to another year. WRPS is owned by AECOM and Atkins.
The Hanford Workforce Engagement Center opened in Richland on April 2, 2018, to help current and former workers at the nuclear reservation site understand resources that provide free medical screening and compensation and medical care for ill workers.
Bechtel National, which is building the vitrification plant for the Hanford nuclear reservation, is at risk of missing a deadline to start operating the plant, according to the Department of Energy. It awarded Bechtel less than 50 percent of performance pay for management and cost performance for 2017.
Energy Northwest in Richland will help a new nuclear company, Terrestrial Energy USA, with what could be its first operating nuclear power reactor. Energy Northwest, which operates Columbia Generating Station, signed a memorandum of understanding.
The federal spending bill signed into law Friday has wins and losses for the Tri-Cities — for electric rates, Snake and Columbia River dam operation, and the local economy dependent on science spending at PNNL and at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
A new DOE assistant secretary for the Office of Environmental Management (EM1) was confirmed March 22 by the Senate. Anne White will be responsible for DOE cleanup, including the Hanford nuclear reservation and other sites.
A spending bill passed by the U.S. House would boost the current fiscal budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation and some of the programs that pay for research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
42 Hanford workers inhaled or ingested radioactive contamination from demolition of the nuclear reservation’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. Final test results for workers who may have inhaled airborne radioactive particles were released March 22.
The recent DOE project director at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s vitrification plant says he is no whistleblower, after Sen. Ron Wyden questioned the connection between a strongly worded letter to plant contractor Bechtel National and the project director’s job transfer.
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 arr