HANFORD, Wash. (AP) — A contractor in Washington state is expected to avoid federal penalties for the airborne spread of radioactive particles.
Work to demolish plutonium plant could resume next week
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.
Demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was halted in December after a spread of radioactive particles.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Officials say equipment found with "low levels" of plutonium and other radioactive contamination left the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and entered Richland by mistake.
The Tri-City Herald reports a message sent to Hanford employees Wednesday says a worker removed the spreader bar used at the Plutonium Finishing Plant without checking it for radiation late last month.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington state may resume in September, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Reports from an independent safety panel show radioactive contamination was found on a worker's hands and other places at a nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico — the latest safety lapse at the facility as it ramps up work with nuclear material.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Hanford environmental cleanup contractor has earned $9.9 million in incentive pay from the Department of Energy for its work at the nuclear reservation.
The Tri-City Herald reported Monday the company would have gotten more had radioactive contamination not spread during demolition of the site's Plutonium Finishing Plant.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on the rupture of a barrel with radioactive material at a site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory (all times local):
Federal officials say three firefighters got a small amount of radioactive material on their skin and were taken to medical facilities as a precaution after a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho Nuclear site.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials early Thursday activated an Emergency Operations Center and sent crews to a reported incident at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho.
The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement said it's gathering information about the incident at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.
While 14 years seems like a long time to clean up the 44-acre nuclear waste dump in Parks Township, progress seems imminent.
But only after another delay.
The resolution of a bid challenge for the $350 million contract to excavate and remove radioactive contamination from 10 shallow trenches added 11⁄2 years to the cleanup process, which now could run through 2032.
Health agency concerned about Hanford contamination spread
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health says there is a possible risk to the public if demolition of the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant continues without better controls to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination.
The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that over the last year the Department of Health has requested information and made recommendations.
Radioactive contamination triggers Hanford management change
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy is replacing the managers of a critical radioactive cleanup project after the continued spread of contamination on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
New tests show Hanford workers exposed to radiation
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — New test results show that monitoring for airborne radioactive contamination has not protected some Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
The U.S. Department of Energy says two more Hanford workers have inhaled or ingested small amounts of airborne radioactive material, with tests for 180 workers still pending.
Correction: Radioactive Cars-Hanford story
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — In a Dec. 28 story about vehicles found with radioactive contamination at Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that workers had been cleared on Dec. 15 to return to work demolishing the plant. Although they were initially cleared, work has been on hold since Dec. 17 when more contamination was found outside the demolition zone.
Homes of 7 Hanford workers being inspected for radiation
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The homes of seven Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers in Washington state are being inspected after a spread of radioactive contamination in recent days.
The total number of vehicles reported to be contaminated with apparent specks of radioactive material increased to 14 from the eight reported Tuesday.
Demolition halted at plant following radioactive spread
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Part of the main production area of a Washington nuclear reservation's plant is still standing after officials halted demolition following another spread of radioactive contamination.
Nuclear agency inspecting Maryland lab after contamination
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at a facility in suburban Maryland following a worker's potential exposure to radioactive contamination.
A five-member NRC team began the inspection Tuesday after an incident last month when a glass ampule containing americium-241 —a radioactive substance — broke in a National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratory in Gaithersburg.
Veterinarian team to treat dogs near Chernobyl disaster site
BOSTON (AP) — An animal welfare group based in Boston is helping provide medical treatment to dogs near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The international group Four Paws says it has sent a veterinarian to join a team of others who are neutering and vaccinating dogs in Ukraine. It's part of an effort organized by the Michigan-based nonprofit Clean Futures Fund.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Radioactive contamination found on a piece of equipment on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was not the result of a leak in an underground nuclear waste storage tank.
The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday that an analysis has ruled out that the contamination came from a leak within double-walled tank AZ-101.
The department and its contractor are now looking at other potential sources, such as historical contamination from previous work at the tank.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing this week during an incident at an underground waste storage tank that indicated a possible leak.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency examination found no radioactive contamination in a neighborhood that sits near a suburban St. Louis landfill where nuclear waste is buried, the agency said Thursday.
As a result, no remediation is necessary in the Spanish Village neighborhood in Bridgeton, Missouri, the EPA said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades of monitoring but the water level of the aquifer is at its lowest ever recorded, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released this week.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades of monitoring but that the water level is at the lowest level ever recorded.
United States Geological Survey scientist Roy Bartholomay says better environmental practices and cleanup work at the 890-square-mile U.S. Department of Energy site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory is paying off.
Demolition resumes on Hanford plutonium plant
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed after radioactive contamination was detected in a rubble pile.
The work restarted this week at the Plutonium Reclamation Facility after being halted in late January, when a radiation alarm sounded, the Tri-City Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2mxhyG7).
Radioactive spread halts Hanford nuclear facility demolition
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has been put on pause after radioactive contamination spread outside the facility.
Radioactive contamination spreads in shuttered Hanford plant
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Radioactive contamination is spreading inside a deteriorating processing plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state that was last used in the 1950s and 1960s to process plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.
EPA to test home near landfill for radioactive contamination
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will test for radioactive contamination at a home near a St. Louis County landfill, a Superfund site where illegally buried nuclear waste sits near an underground fire, the EPA's regional administrator said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague also said that the agency miss a year-end deadline for a remediation plan for the West Lake Landfill site in Bridgeton. No new timetable was given.
Some workers at Hanford exposed to radioactive waste
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some workers at a Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank farm have had their skin contaminated with low levels of radioactive waste.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning.
The Tri-City Herald reports the workers were in a pit at the AX Tank Farm when contamination was detected in the pit.
They backed out of the area, but a survey found low levels of radioactive contamination on their skin.
Tests underway on creek in Hazelwood area that turned white
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Water samples from an eastern Missouri creek that turned white over the weekend are still being tested and it's too early to conclude what caused the problem, the state Department of Resources said Monday.
Coldwater Creek, which runs through the Hazelwood area of St. Louis, has been a source of concern for area residents for years after radioactive contamination was confirmed in several yards that back up to the waterway.