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Turning Hanford’s nuclear waste into glass logs would emit toxic vapors, says document via OPB

By Allison Frost (OPB) The Hanford nuclear reservation in south central Washington state holds 56 million gallons of radioactive waste. The facility produced plutonium for U.S. atomic bombs in WWII, and it kept producing for the country’s nuclear weapons through the late … Continue reading

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This next-generation nuclear power plant is pitched for Washington state. Can it ‘change the world’? via The Columbian

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times RICHLAND — Near the Columbia River, Clay Sell hopes to launch a new era of nuclear power with four small reactors, each stocked with billiard ball-sized “pebbles” packed full of uranium fuel. Chief executive officer … Continue reading

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Cold War, Hot Mess via Virginia Quarterly Review

Lois Parshley After decades of mismanaging its nuclear waste, the US Department of Energy wrestles with its toxic legacy. […] Garza’s experience is common among Hanford workers; in July 2021, a new state report found that a shocking 57 percent … Continue reading

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Cleaning up nuclear waste at Hanford: Secrecy, delays and budget debates via Crosscut

by John Stang/ August 16, 2021 / Updated at 5:25 p.m. on Aug. 19 A plan to turn radioactive waste into glass logs has raised a lot of questions, many of which don’t appear to have public answers. […] The project faces a cluster … Continue reading

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Exclusive | Hanford workers hospitalized after feeling sick digging at nuclear waste-tainted site via Tri-City Herald

BY ANNETTE CARY Three Hanford workers spent 24 hours at the Richland hospital last month after reporting headaches, nausea and rapid heart rates at one of the nuclear reservation’s tank farms. The symptoms were consistent with those linked to inhalation … Continue reading

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‘Ongoing threat.’ Groups demand action on leaking Hanford nuclear waste tank via Tri-City Herald

By Annette Cary RICHLAND, WA The newly discovered leak in another of Hanford’s aging tanks storing radioactive waste does not appear to threaten the health of Washington people in the near term, said Gov. Jay Inslee. […] But groups from Seattle to … Continue reading

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Ecology tracking Hanford waste tank leak via Department of Ecology, Washington State

HANFORD –  The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an underground radioactive and dangerous chemical waste storage tank at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington is leaking. The Washington state Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program, along with the U.S. Environmental … Continue reading

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Hanford nuclear waste tank may be leaking, U.S. officials say via KOMO

by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An underground nuclear waste storage tank in Washington state that dates to World War II appears to be leaking contaminated liquid into the ground, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. … Continue reading

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Virtual event brings together people impacted by U.S. nuclear legacy via The Fig Tree

For the virtual Washington-Marshall Islands Nuclear Remembrance Week March 15 to 20, organizers gathered many groups affected by U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1958, and survivors of other bombings and test sites, people impacted by … Continue reading

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