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Inside tank AY-102 (DOE-KNDU-TV)
Inside tank AY-102 (DOE-KNDU-TV)
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Oldest Hanford Double-Shell Tank Has 7 Leaks, Not 1 As Thought

According to information released by Hanford and by way of the Associated Press and KOMO-TV in Seattle, the oldest double-shell tank at Hanford actually has 7 leaks, not 1.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Chemical Vapor Whiffs Reportedly Smelled by Six Hanford Workers

An onion-like smell, possibly chemical vapors, was reported by six different Hanford nuclear reservation employees Wednesday afternoon.

The workers were preparing for routine electrical maintenance outside the TX Tank Farm and were not wearing supplied air respirators at the time because they were outside of the tank farm's fence line...

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The PUREX plant, where work is ongoing to fill in radioactive railroad car tunnels (DOE)
The PUREX plant, where work is ongoing to fill in radioactive railroad car tunnels (DOE)
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Tunnel Filling Work at PUREX Halted After Another ‘Cave-In’

Additional work that had begun to fill more of a tunnel at the PUREX plant at Hanford came to a halt Tuesday night, after more dirt caved into the already partially collapsed area. However, the incident was not nearly as severe as the one earlier this spring.

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Hanford site
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BREAKING NEWS: Stop Work Order in Place For Some Hanford Workers

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) has issued a STOP WORK order for some workers today

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Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition (KNDU-TV)
Plutonium Finishing Plant demolition (KNDU-TV)
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Airborne Plutonium Samples Found at Hanford Near Highway 240 in June

The Washington State Department of Health says the air samples didn't show enough radioactive levels to be harmful, but how they got there is of great interest to officials.

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Hanford PUREX plant, where one of two tunnels collapsed earlier this year (Department of Energy)
Hanford PUREX plant, where one of two tunnels collapsed earlier this year (Department of Energy)
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New Plans Announced for Dealing With Hanford Leaks, PUREX Tunnels

This week Department of Energy officials and others at Hanford announced some new plans for how they will deal with reported leaks in waste tanks, PUREX tunnels, and the waste as well.

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Second tunnel likely to collapse at PUREX plant (DOE)
Second tunnel likely to collapse at PUREX plant (DOE)
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Probability ‘High’ For Collapse of Second Hanford Purex Tunnel

Friday, Hanford officials said the likelihood for the second Purex tunnel at Hanford to collapse on itself is "high."

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup Continues At Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Experts Say Future Hanford Accidents INEVITABLE

Hanford officials say cleaning up the rest of the contaminated areas and waste storage will cost $100 billion and take 50 years at the current pace...

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Hanford PFP Plant prior to demolition (Hanford.gov)
Hanford PFP Plant prior to demolition (Hanford.gov)
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Alarms Send PFP Workers Into Lockdown at Hanford

According to official news releases and other sources, two alarms that sounded at the Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford have resulted in a lockdown for 350 workers, but no others affected.

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PUREX tunnel that collapsed (KNDU-TV Department of Energy)
PUREX tunnel that collapsed (KNDU-TV Department of Energy)
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New Federal Budget Proposes $120Million Cut for Hanford

Details still coming out, but according to reports, the latest Federal Government Budget contains what would be $120 million dollars in cuts for Hanford.

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