Washington River Protection Solutions, a contractor at the Hanford site, says two of its employees were taken to a hospital after they complained of coughing and throat irritation.
The state's administrative order would require the federal government to begin pumping nuclear waste out of the leaking tank 18 months sooner than the Department of Energy proposed.
The Department of Energy says the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at the Hanford site will close within a year. According to DOE, using offsite labs to analyze waste samples will save around $12 million a year.
Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz met Monday morning to discuss the Department of Energy's draft cleanup plan, but Inslee released a statement saying the proposal fell short of what the state requested.
The group Hanford Challenge is criticizing the Department of Energy's plan to take at least two years to pump out the leaking nuclear waste storage tank at the site.
Officials say the nuclear waste is leaking between the walls of a double-walled storage tank. None of the waste is believed to have escaped into the nearby soil.
For months now the KING 5 Investigators have exposed a Hanford contractor that may be putting your safety at risk. Action News is teaming up with KING 5 Seattle to dig deeper into Hanford's dirty secrets.
The leak of AY-102 might make you wonder why this tank is so important. Continuing the investigation into Hanford's dirty secrets, Susannah Frame looked at why this double-shell tank is such a single risk.
Together with the KING 5 investigators in Seattle, Action News brings you new reports on how much was spent on the broken tank in the middle of furloughs and layoffs. The federal government says it was $2.5 million. A report by the contractor says it was a lot more.
Susannah Frame looked into what would happen if a leak like that was ever discovered. She found Washington River Protection Solutions had no plan in place when an alarm signaled a double-shell tank was leaking dangerous waste.
KING 5 investigator Susannah Frame looked at whether bonus money is trumping safety at Hanford.
Holding a parade usually requires a very simple permit. Pose a few questions and you're on your way. Gary Chittim found that same permit can move nuclear waste on and off the Hanford site.
The investigative arm of congress is not happy with the way your dollars are being spent. Gary Chittim found the government accountability office has some real concerns about the agency running the cleanup at the site.
During the months WRPS looked the other way when red flags came in that the tank was leaking, Susannah Frame found that the company continued to spend millions on tank upgrades for work that is now useless because the tank is broken.
So who knew what about the leaking tank - and when? Susannah Frame exposes how the truth about the tank was hidden from the Hanford advisory board.