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.
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Oregon's Senate passed a resolution calling for more authority on the clean up process after concerns about ground water moving toward the Columbia River.
The Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington presents no shortage of work toward cleaning up the site, work that is expected to continue for decades, but managers say they will miss 23 deadlines this year because budgeted funds were insufficient
An appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that overturned an initiative that would have barred the federal government from shipping waste to the Hanford nuclear site.
Some compaction records for the low-level radioactive waste dump at the Hanford nuclear reservation have been found to be bogus, officials said, raising questions about the risk of future pollution.
The U.S. Department of Energy is offering twice as many tours of the Hanford nuclear reservation than in previous years. But it still isn't enough to satisfy the public's curiosity about the site.
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The U.S. Department of Energy named a longtime federal employee Friday to oversee cleanup at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, one of two jobs left vacant earlier this year with the retirement of the Hanford reservation's top two managers.
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.