The new chairman of a key Senate committee asked for a federal investigation Tuesday into leaking underground waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.
Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday.
The Democratic Senator from Oregon had planned his visit weeks ago but news of the leak certainly upped the urgency.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is calling for tighter restrictions on the sale of unpasteurized milk following an E. coli outbreak that sickened nearly 20 people last month.
The Energy Department is investigating another complaint claiming a contractor at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site interfered with an investigation into the design and safety of a massive plant under construction to treat nuclear waste.
A former employee of a Hanford contractor was sentenced to 46 months in prison and $487,000 in restitution to the government, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office.
President Barack Obama has proposed spending more than $2.1 billion for cleanup at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site in fiscal year 2013. That's about the same amount of money to be spent at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation in fiscal year 2012.
KEPR is digging deeper into the news that 2,500 workers could be laid off at Hanford by mid-fall. A second round of layoffs was first reported by the Tri-City Herald on Thursday, and that’s coming on top of the layoffs already expected.
Three Hanford Patrol officers were busted for theft. Detectives say thousands of dollars worth of government equipment.
Hundreds of Hanford workers will be laid off in September as the stimulus-driven clean-up effort winds down. Progress is not just noticeable on paper. It's also visible at the site’s largest reactor.
It's not just political pressure or empty threats, we are creeping closer to a government shutdown. It's a very real concern for folks in the Tri-Cities. Thousands work for the feds through the Hanford site. KEPR Action News is taking a closer look at what a shutdown would mean for our community.
The new projection is that 1,000 workers will be laid off at Hanford versus the 1,600 first predicted in January. Additionally, Washington River Protection is keeping its own stimulus workers at Hanford by finishing projects ahead of deadline.
The ERDF is a low-level radioactive and mixed waste disposal facility at Hanford. It's known as the "hub of clean up". The project is seven months ahead of schedule and $16.4 million under budget.
At KEPR Action News we are keeping you ahead of the curve and looking ahead to the big stories you can expect to hear about in 2011. And one of the questions that keeps coming up, what will happen when Hanford stimulus money goes away?
1,600 layoffs are coming to Hanford due to the end of stimulus funding, and Action News spoke with contractors about the changes to come.