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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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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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Is North Korea Capable Of Attacking Oregon?

OPB | Sept. 26, 2017 1:03 p.m. | Portland

North Korea is developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile that theoretically has the capacity to reach the West Coast.

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Plutonium Detected In Air At Hanford Nuclear Site

AP | Aug. 8, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.

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Trump Says US Will Meet North Korean Threats With 'Fire And Fury'

NPR | Aug. 8, 2017 2:38 p.m.

The president's remarks, made during a meeting while he is on a "working vacation" in New Jersey, follow similar remarks by North Korea a day earlier.

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Suspended Moment: 2 Artists Explore Atomic Legacy

OPB | Aug. 5, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Visual artist Yukiyo Kawano and choreographer Meshi Chavez talk about the show they brought to Los Alamos, Hanford, and now Portland.

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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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Department Of Energy Takes Comment On Hanford Tunnel Plan

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2017 3:02 p.m.

In the wake of a tunnel collapse at the Hanford nuclear site in May, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to take public comments at a meeting in the Tri-Cities on July 20.

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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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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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Northwest Nuclear Plant Penalized For Improperly Shipping Radioactive Waste

Northwest News Network | April 11, 2017 4:45 p.m.

The NRC said the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington improperly packaged, mislabeled and shipped too-hot radioactive waste.

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North Korea Threatens 'Toughest Counteraction' After US Moves Navy Ships

NPR | April 11, 2017 7:20 a.m.

"We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions," North Korea said. President Trump said the country is "looking for trouble."

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Demolition Resumes At Hanford Plutonium Plant

AP | March 11, 2017 3:02 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile.

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Why A Small Texas Town Wants Oregon’s Nuclear Waste

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017 3:45 p.m.

Communities from Oregon to New York may be clamoring to get nuclear waste out of their backyards, but one small town in west Texas is actively vying to store it.