Anna King

Richland Correspondent

Anna King, KPLU’s and N3’s Richland-based reporter, has been covering the Mid-Columbia since the spring of 2007. Before that she was a print reporter for the Tri-City Herald where she covered the environment, Native Americans, agriculture and Northwest wine. A Washington native, she's also a regular contributor to the magazine Wine Press Northwest and was a contributing author to the guide book Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest. Anna's memorable moment in public radio: "Being dusted from head-to-toe by a potato digger during harvest. Every square inch of me was covered in fine sand. Public radio is a dirty job!"

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:28 am
Fri July 15, 2011

House move on Yucca nuke repository could help Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would breathe new life into the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The House will vote today on a larger spending bill that includes a budget increase for reviewing the project.

Some nuclear cleanup advocates are concerned that if Yucca Mountain doesn't open, it could mean high level waste could be permanently stored at Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Environment
9:43 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Quincy data centers’ diesel generators debated

The eastern Washington town of Quincy may get another 28 large diesel engines for its growing data center industry. That's the subject of a state-run public meeting today at Quincy's city hall.

Some residents are concerned about the pollution that comes from the big generators.

Some of your Internet queries might get answered by one of the thousands of servers spinning away in the town of Quincy. Those servers can't go dark even for a second.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:53 am
Tue July 12, 2011

New investigation planned into Hanford’s safety culture

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy plans to launch a new investigation into safety culture at Hanford’s waste treatment plant, Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman reported to workers at the plant on Monday.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:23 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Energy's deputy secretary to address safety at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The number two manager at the U.S. Department of Energy is scheduled to speak to workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation today. The visit comes after criticism of Hanford's safety culture by a federal nuclear safety watchdog.

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national security
5:16 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

NW National Lab still recovering from major cyber attack

Pacific Northwest National Lab is just recovering from a sophisticated cyber attack.
PNNL Flickr

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state gets about 4 million cyber attacks a day. But workers there are just now getting back online after a sophisticated attack shut down most Internet services last Friday.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
6:30 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Tamosaitis talks about life after blowing the whistle on Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – For the last year federal nuclear regulators have been in a battle with the U.S. Department of Energy. The debate? Whether the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant is safe enough.

The other big question is whether Hanford workers feel safe to raise concerns without fear of retaliation.

The man at the center of this battle is a well-respected nuclear engineer who used to help manage the design of the waste treatment plant ... that is until he stood up and said there were serious problems there.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:57 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Hanford employees told to 'reach out' with safety concerns

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy says it doesn't agree with the finding that the safety culture at Hanford is "flawed." Even so, the department says that it's working to make improvements at the waste treatment plant under construction in southeast Washington.

That's the upshot of a letter released Friday after a federal nuclear watchdog raised questions about Hanford’s massive plant.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:54 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Hanford safety board reacts to energy secretary Chu’s letter

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy says it believes its safety culture at Hanford is “strong.” But the agency said in letter Friday it’s also working to make improvements. The letter is a response to criticism from a federal nuclear watchdog that called Energy’s safety culture at Hanford’s waste treatment plant “flawed.”

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Data Centers
2:06 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

High-tech ‘crops’ growing fast in Quincy, but will the bounty last?

Tim Snead, Quincy’s city administrator, stands in front of some of the new data centers that are being built on the edge of town.
Anna King Northwest News Network

QUINCY, Wash. – Located just north of the Gorge in the eastern part of the state, the town of Quincy used to be a stop for trains to get more water. But in the last five years it’s quickly becoming a regional center for the online world. That’s because email messages, family photos and tax info are being stored in huge data centers here.

It’s a new kind of crop for this rural farming community, but some are asking if the bounty will last?

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
1:36 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

DOE writes employees about criticism of Hanford safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy is defending its safety culture at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The agency sent its workers a letter in response to harsh criticism this month in a report by a federal nuclear watchdog.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:22 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Investigation finds ‘flawed’ safety culture at Hanford

A high-level whistleblower from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is meeting with members of Congress this week. The topic: the safety culture at Hanford’s $12 billion waste treatment plant. A new report backs up his claim that the Department of Energy and its contractors discourage workers from raising safety concerns.

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Environment
10:40 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Science behind Hanford treatment tanks questioned

RICHLAND, Wash. - A federal nuclear watchdog agency is questioning some of the science behind a massive treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. In a letter released Thursday, federal examiners say key treatment tanks could pose risks.

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Business
9:06 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Sick Hanford workers say safety still not a priority

About 50 workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation complained about health and safety issues at a meeting in Richland on Tuesday night. The conference was organized by Hanford Challenge, a watchdog group.

Most who attended the meeting complained they aren’t being compensated adequately for their health problems. They also said Hanford contractors and the federal government aren’t keeping workers safe in places like the nuclear waste tank farms.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
12:58 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Wine makers fret over cool spring, still hope for good vintage

Carlos Valencia harvests riesling grapes on the farm of Mike Miller, near Prosser, Wash. File photo.
Elaine Thompson AP

Northwest winemakers are holding out hope for a good 2011 vintage despite this being the coldest spring they can remember in decades. Growers say they’re plants are about three weeks behind their usual growth for this time of year.

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NUCLEAR RISKS
3:06 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Study: Earthquakes near Hanford not as unlikely as first thought

For years top scientists have said a big earthquake near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is highly unlikely in our lifetimes. Now, a new geological study is being published, and what it says is shaking up assumptions.

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