Hanford Nuclear Reservation http://www.kplu.org en Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-feds-set-new-deadline-hanford-cleanup <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154789105&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington state and the federal government just gave themselves a 40-day deadline to come up with a cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Anna King 17186 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State, Feds Set New Deadline For Hanford Cleanup Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/times-court-ordered-hanford-cleanup-negotiations-between-feds-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152979740&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span></p><p>The two sides can’t agree on a timelinel; it seems the state and the Energy Department have very different views of where things are.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Anna King 16987 at http://www.kplu.org Time's Up For Court-Ordered Hanford Cleanup Negotiations Between Feds, Wash. State Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-fire-season-ramps-ahead-schedule-east-cascades <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152850533&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>With conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation tinder dry, workers were told Wednesday to practice fire safety at work and at home.</p><p>The news is about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire weather alerts — a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:47:09 +0000 Anna King 16965 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up Ahead Of Schedule East Of The Cascades More Washington Nuclear Weapons Workers To Be Screened For Cancer http://www.kplu.org/post/more-washington-nuclear-weapons-workers-be-screened-cancer <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148433830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16454 at http://www.kplu.org More Washington Nuclear Weapons Workers To Be Screened For Cancer Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks http://www.kplu.org/post/time-ticking-40-day-negotiations-over-cleanup-hanford-tanks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147767944&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington state and the federal government for cleaning up </span>Hanford’s<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> leaking radioactive waste tanks.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">But at </span>Hanford’s<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> annual update for the public in Richland this week, it was clear that any agreement between the state and the federal government is still a ways off.</span></p><p> Sat, 03 May 2014 21:26:45 +0000 Anna King 16386 at http://www.kplu.org Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster http://www.kplu.org/post/state-washington-feds-cleanup-hanford-must-go-faster <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142537497&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">They want the feds to stick to agreed upon deadlines and are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atg.wa.gov/uploadedFiles/Home/News/Press_Releases/2014/Consent-Decree-Amendment-Proposal-March-31-2014.pdf" target="_blank">demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones</a>. But the feds say they, too, have a plan.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:31:31 +0000 Anna King 15530 at http://www.kplu.org State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-orders-hanford-managers-empty-leaking-tank <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140757175&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.</p><p>The state says pumping must begin by Sept. 1.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Anna King 15140 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-feds-did-not-provide-comprehensive-hanford-cleanup-plan <p>Gov. Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan.</p><p>The Democrats’ comments follow a face-to-face meeting Monday with the secretary of energy who made a special trip to meet with the governor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:34:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14960 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-whistleblowers-senate-hearing-forces-few-answers-open <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:21:08 +0000 Anna King 14731 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know? http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-tanks-how-much-do-we-know <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030214AK_Hanfordleaks_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.</span><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Anna King 14371 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know? Documents: 'Significant Flaws' In Hanford Tanks Could Lead To More Leaks http://www.kplu.org/post/documents-significant-flaws-hanford-tanks-could-lead-more-leaks <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">There are "significant construction flaws" in some newer, double-walled storage tanks at Washington state's Hanford nuclear waste complex, which could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">Those tanks hold some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.</span> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:27:17 +0000 The Associated Press 14295 at http://www.kplu.org Documents: 'Significant Flaws' In Hanford Tanks Could Lead To More Leaks Hanford Whistleblower Fired By Cleanup Contractor http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-whistleblower-fired-cleanup-contractor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A prominent whistleblower who raised safety concerns at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site has been fired from her job at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.</span></p><p>Safety manager Donna Busche says employer URS Corp. told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct,” then escorted her out of the building early Tuesday.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:04:47 +0000 Anna King & Associated Press 13793 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford Whistleblower Fired By Cleanup Contractor Wash. State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-slaps-fine-mishandled-waste-hanford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the last several years, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hanford</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation managers have mishandled barrels and boxes of hazardous and radioactive waste in the central part of the southeast Washington site.</span></p><p>The state of Washington last Friday slapped the U.S. Department of Energy with a $15,000 fine.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:59:05 +0000 Anna King 12929 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford Hanford Lays Off The Layoffs, Keeps 300 Workers After Congress Approves Budget http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-lays-layoffs-keeps-300-workers-after-congress-approves-budget <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 300 workers who were told they'd be laid off can now keep their jobs at the&nbsp;</span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Because Congress approved the 2014 federal budget for 2014 last week, layoffs announced last year can be avoided.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:07:42 +0000 Anna King 12846 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford Lays Off The Layoffs, Keeps 300 Workers After Congress Approves Budget Hanford Contractor Fails To Check Radioactive Tanks For Months http://www.kplu.org/post/hanford-contractor-fails-check-radioactive-tanks-months <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal contractor at the </span>Hanford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nuclear Reservation failed to check some single-shell radioactive waste tanks for the buildup of hydrogen gas. It was an eight-month lapse that could have been dangerous for workers and the public.</span></p><p>Federal contractor Washington River Protection Solutions says some of the radioactive waste tanks should have been checked as far back as last March, and weren’t. The overdue tanks were checked in late December, and no gas buildups were found.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:01:00 +0000 Anna King 12590 at http://www.kplu.org Hanford Contractor Fails To Check Radioactive Tanks For Months