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Hanford On Pace To Turn Radioactive Waste Into Glass By 2022

AP | Oct. 12, 2017 8:04 a.m. | Kennewick, Washington

Hanford nuclear reservation officials announced that major strides have been made toward getting millions of gallons of radioactive waste turned into a stable glass form.

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Will The Grout Filling Hanford's Tunnel Ever Be Cleaned Up?

Northwest News Network | Oct. 5, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Tunnel 1 at Hanford is full of train cars contaminated with radioactive waste. Experts at the site say the best solution is to fill it up with grout—a sort of a thin concrete.

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Hanford Crews Nearly Ready To Seal Up Tunnel With Grout

Northwest News Network | Oct. 2, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Crews will begin pouring grout, a kind of thin cement, into a partially collapsed tunnel full of highly contaminated radioactive waste.

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Judge Won't Restore Pensions For Retired Hanford Workers

AP | Sept. 28, 2017 7:32 a.m. | Richland, Washington

A federal court ruling says the Department of Energy had no obligation to continue full pension benefits for Hanford nuclear reservation workers who were required to switch from one employer to another in a 1996 contracting change.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits Hanford Nuclear Site

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2017 7:15 a.m.

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Hanford site outside of Richland, Washington, Tuesday.

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Options Weighed For Remaining Radioactive Hanford Tunnel

Northwest News Network | July 24, 2017 midnight

The U.S. Department of Energy rolled out several options at a public meeting Thursday night to stabilize what’s known as Tunnel 2 at the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

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High Risk For 2nd Tunnel Collapse At Hanford Nuclear Site

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2017 2:14 p.m. | Spokane, Wash.



The Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington state has two train tunnels full of very hot radioactive waste — and both tunnels are in danger of further collapse.

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Hanford Cleanup | Social Studies Bill | Finicum Shooting | Opioid Crisis

OPB | June 28, 2017 noon

We hear about what it will take to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation, new statewide social studies standards, a possible indictment in the 2016 shooting of LaVoy Finicum, and the opioid crisis in Oregon.

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Watch: How The Hanford Tunnel Failed

OPB | June 27, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Declassified blueprints show how a radioactive emergency happened at Hanford — and why it likely won't be the last.

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Secrets Of Ancient Glass Could Help Lock Away Hanford Waste

Northwest News Network | June 17, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Northwest scientists are testing ancient glass from Sweden with the hope they can recreate it for the storage of the Hanford nuclear site's radioactive waste.

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More Hanford Nuclear Site Mishaps Likely, Official Warns

AP | June 15, 2017 9:53 a.m. | Richland, Washington

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press.

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Trump Proposes $120M Budget Cut At Hanford Nuclear Site

AP | May 23, 2017 3:04 p.m. | Spokane, Washington

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and it now is engaged in a massive environmental cleanup that costs more than $2 billion per year.

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Plastic Covering Installed Over Collapsed Hanford Tunnel

Northwest News Network | May 22, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation are starting to install a thick plastic covering over a tunnel that collapsed on May 9. 

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Hanford Tunnel Getting An Extra Layer Of Protection

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2017 8 a.m.

Federal contractors plan to install another level of containment over the tunnel that caved in at the Hanford nuclear site on May 9. 

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Washington State Presses Feds For Cleanup At Hanford

Northwest News Network | May 11, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Washington state is taking legal action against the U.S. government after a tunnel full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday at the Hanford nuclear site.


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Hanford Contractors Begin Filling Collapsed Tunnel With Soil

Northwest News Network | May 10, 2017 9:38 a.m.

Contractors are building a road to a collapsed train tunnel site at the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington state. Their goal is to keep any radioactive contamination from escaping the hole that was found Tuesday.

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Hanford Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns About Nuclear Site

AP | May 10, 2017 7:57 a.m. | Richland, Washington

The collapse of an underground tunnel containing radioactive waste that forced workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to shelter in place is the latest incident to raise safety concerns at the sprawling site that made plutonium for nuclear bombs for decades after World War II.

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Emergency Declared At Hanford Nuclear Site In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | May 9, 2017 11:15 a.m. | Richland, Washington

Some workers at a former chemical processing plant have been evacuated and about 3,000 others near the area at the center of the Hanford Site were directed to take shelter indoors.

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Washington Congressional Delegation Urges Trump To Fund Hanford Cleanup

AP | Jan. 11, 2017 8:46 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

The entire congressional delegation from Washington is asking President-elect Donald Trump to make environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a priority.

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The Waste That Remains From Arming Nuclear Weapons

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The Hanford Nuclear Site has been in cleanup mode since the Cold War ended. But the first drop of waste has yet to be treated. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.