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March 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Richland nuclear plant operator wins $19 million in court ruling

The Associated Press RICHLAND — A federal court has ordered the Energy Department to pay Energy Northwest $19 million for its continued costs from the failure to open a national repository for spent fuel from its nuclear power plant at Richland. The department has not accepted spent fuel as promised because the Obama administration decided not to…

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March 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

DOE to investigate whistleblower firing

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has asked its Office of Inspector General to investigate the recent firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche. Energy officials told a Senate committee on Tuesday that they were not asked to and did not approve the firing of Busche, who had raised safety concerns on the Hanford…

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October 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

6 Hanford workers go to hospital as precaution

RICHLAND, Tri-Cities (AP) — Six Hanford workers were taken to a Richland hospital Wednesday as a precaution after an unknown liquid spilled on some of them as they were dismantling piping in an evaporator building. A spokesman for Department of Energy contractor Washington River Protection Solutions, Rob Roxburgh, told the Tri-City Herald the liquid…

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May 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Wednesday Memo: Your password’s safe … Wolves eat off plates … Powell case

Your Twitter and Facebook passwords are safe: Employers can’t ask for them in job interviews or of existing employees under a measure passed by lawmakers and just signed by the governor. Other social media sites are covered, too. Your boss also can’t ask you to friend him or her so your profile is visible….

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April 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

KING 5: Radioactive waste tank leaked nearly a year before officials acknowledged it

KING 5 news had a story tonight about how a Hanford worker believed that a tank containing some of the nastiest radioactive waste in the country was leaking nearly a year before the U.S. Department of Energy acknowledged the problem. Reporter Susannah Frame writes: Why it took DOE and the private company hired to oversee the tank…

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April 3, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Wednesday Memo: NBA holds court on Kings … Your Facebook password

Basketball in Seattle: The saga continues: Representatives of the Emerald City (that’s us) and Sacramento are in New York City right now to make their best pitch for the future of the Kings of the NBA. Each group will talk up its plan before the NBA’s relocation and finance committees. Go Sonics … You’re not…

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February 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Inslee says Hanford may be leaking 1,000 gallons a year

By Mike Baker The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Radioactive waste tanks may be leaking some 1,000 gallons per year at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday officials are still evaluating how to effectively remove the remaining material from the problematic tanks. The 1,000-gallon figure is a rough estimate based on the early assessment of six…

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February 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

DOE says radioactive waste leaking from Hanford tank

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that a tank holding radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is leaking liquids at the rate of 150 to 300 gallons per year. The single-shell tank holds about 447,000 gallons of sludge and is one of 149 single-shell tanks at the Hanford site near Richland. “I am alarmed and…

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October 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Radioactive Hanford excavator sent to Pasco shop

The Associated Press PASCO — An excavator contaminated with radiation was mistakenly sent from the Hanford nuclear reservation to a Pasco shop last week for maintenance. Washington Closure Hanford spokesman Mark McKenna says the problem was discovered Monday afternoon when the excavator was returned to Hanford. The Tri-City Herald reports a crew was sent to the…

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