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New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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Public News Service - WA: Nuclear Waste

Built during World War II, the B Reactor at the Hanford Site was the first large-scale nuclear reactor ever built. (Energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The federal government still has not addressed the aging facilities at one of North America's most contaminated nuclear sites. That's according to the Government Accountability Office, now slamming the Department of Energy's response to a 2017 tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclea

Underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site hold more than 50 million gallons of radioactive waste. (Jeff Keyzer/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – Workers at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in southeast Washington scored a win for safety in court this week. But one watchdog group says the federal government now has to follow through to protect Hanford Nuclear Site workers. Washington state, the Steam and United A

A large hole, seen at the top of the picture, developed over a tunnel at the Hanford site. The tunned contains rail cars containing radioactive waste. (U.S. Department of Energy)

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Workers were evacuated Tuesday after the roof of a tunnel containing rail cars with radioactive material collapsed at the Hanford nuclear site. No one was injured, but the U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert and around 3,000 employees in the surrounding areas were o

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. (Philo Nordlund/Flickr)

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Radioactive contamination is spreading at an aging facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy. The REDOX complex last processed plutonium 50 years ago, but annual inspections by the DOE have found the radiation is sp

A new Senate bill is aimed at protecting whistleblowers at nuclear facilities such as the Hanford Site, above. (U.S. Department of Energy)

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SEATTLE - A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would further protect whistleblowers at nuclear sites. Senate Bill 3394 is designed to level the playing field in cases where employees bring forward safety concerns, and even expands the definition of whistleblower to include anyone who reports on fra

PHOTO: The Hanford Site in Richland, Wash., is a former plutonium manufacturing facility that is now one of the nation's largest superfund cleanup sites. Courtesy Oregon Dept. of Energy (which also has input into Hanford's effects on the Columbia River).

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RICHLAND, Wash. – After almost a decade and $85 million, the U.S. Department of Energy has released its report on cleanup plans for the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington. Critics say the massive document sidesteps a major question. By law, the feds are supposed to choose a "pre

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A host of agencies and boards are supposed to be ensuring the safety of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But how thorough can their oversight be if the workers doing the research and design are afraid to speak up? This month, the fe

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