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.
KING 5 investigators spent months looking into decisions made by Washington River Protection Solutions and whether it looked the other way when evidence showed there was a major problem on their hands.
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.
KING 5 investigator Susannah Frame looked at whether bonus money is trumping safety at Hanford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there anything the state can do to step in and take control of the risks created by the federal government? Susannah Frame shows you how the state is demanding more action or yet another lawsuit over Hanford's dirty secrets.
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.
The Department of Energy says it isn't likely to make two important deadlines at Hanford. This could delay the transfer and treatment of radioactive waste.
A Hanford watchdog group obtained a scathing report from the Environmental Protection Agency. It criticizes the performance of Washington state's inspectors who cover the waste site.
The EPA report and the missed deadlines both set an interesting backdrop for the first visit to the site by the new secretary of energy. Ernest Moniz visited Hanford a little more than a week ago. And it was the day after his visit that workers found it was likely AY-102 is now leaking into the soil.
In a late-night phone call to the governor, the new Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced waste was likely leaking into the soil below a troubled double-shell tank. It was discovered by a crew doing routine maintenance to tank AY-102.
The big question is where do we go from here? And the state's top leaders are definitely asking that. Many of those leaders were notified of the leak in the middle of the night.