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DOE considering new plant to deal with waste
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DOE May Build Underground Pre-Treatment Plant at Hanford Site

The pre-treatment plant would allow some liquid wastes to be taken care of while tech issues are fixed in VIT plant.

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Tank farm workers could decide to strike if agreement not reached
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Tank Farm Workers at Hanford Could Vote to Strike Dec. 13

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Commission (HAMTC) will ask workers to either approve a proposed collective bargaining agreement or give the nod for a possible strike.

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Will “Burping” Hanford Waste Tanks Slow Cleanup?

With Hanford racing to try to meet legally mandated deadlines for cleanup and vitrification of the millions of gallons of waste at the site,  could burping and the study of bubbles help solve problems?

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450 workers to be cut at Hanford
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Sequester – Budget Limits Will Cut 450 Hanford Workers, Say Contractors

Hanford contractors announced Thursday the impending layoff of some 450 employees, largely due to budget restrictions.

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Another whistleblower suit filed against Hanford
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New Whistleblower Complaint Filed Against Hanford Contractor

This is the second such complaint filed by the Bechtel-URS worker.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup Continues At Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Scathing Assessment of Hanford Shows VIT Plant Way Behind Schedule – Calls Project “Dysfunctional”

In the wake of recent delays, safety concerns and allegations of whistleblower retaliations, a new article claims the Hanford VIT plant is a mess.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup Continues At Hanford Nuclear Reservation
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Will the Hanford VIT Plant Actually Work? — A Look at What Scientists Are Up Against

We've been taking a look at what has almost become an iconic part of the Mid-Columbia: the VIT, or vitrification plant, at Hanford.  

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Will Hanford VIT Plant Actually Work? A Look At What Scientists Are Up Against (Part 1)

It's a household word in the Columbia Basin,  but exactly what is the VIT Plant, and what are they trying to clean up?  We explain in a way you can understand.

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Roofing containing asbestos
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EPA Levies $115K Fine on Dept. of Energy for Asbestos Removal at Hanford

The DOE demolished a number of structures -- including some from the World War II-era --at the Hanford site in 2009 and 2010 as part of the cleanup effort.

According to the EPA, the removal and management of materials containing asbestos was potentially threatening to workers' health and safety.

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Government shutdown could layoff or furlough thousands of Hanford workers
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Shutdown Could Furlough Thousands of Hanford Tank Farm Workers

If the shutdown drags on,  a lot of Hanford workers could have nothing to do.

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