More than 2,000 people criticized a Department of Energy (DOE) evaluation to close Hanford nuclear reservation underground waste tanks by filling them with grout, even though some radioactive waste remains.
A former Hanford nuclear reservation occupational medical services contractor, and current subcontract, has agreed to pay $389,355 to settle a lawsuit alleging it botched the site’s electronic medical system.
The take cover order for workers in part of the central Hanford nuclear reservation has been lifted. The order came after steam was seen coming out of the PUREX plant storage tunnel for radioactive waste.
The Department of Energy and its regulators will meet with the public about the Hanford nuclear reservation, but not in the Tri-Cities. It is holding its first in-person State of the Site since 2014 in Oregon.
This video uses animation to show how DOE and contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company would fill waste storage Tunnel 2 near PUREX with grout to prevent a collapse, while allowing for future removal of the waste from the tunnel.