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Ever Toured the Hanford Nuclear Site? Now is Your Chance

Registration to tour the Handford Nuclear Reservation open tomorrow June 1st at 9 a.m. This is a highly sought after tour and fills up quickly...here are the details

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Oregon Senator wants answers about leaking tanks, sickened workers (DOE)
Oregon Senator wants answers about leaking tanks, sickened workers (DOE)
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Oregon Senator Wants Answers on Leaking Hanford Tanks

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, (D) toured the Hanford Tank Farm area, trying to get answers and information about recent news of leaks from tank AY-102 and possible leakage from tank AY-101. They're two of the oldest double-shell tanks holding toxic waste at the site.

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Washington State AG considering legal action over sickened Hanford workers (KNDU-TV Department of Energy)
Washington State AG considering legal action over sickened Hanford workers (KNDU-TV Department of Energy)
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Washington State AG Considering Legal Action Over ‘Sickened’ Hanford Workers

With the number of Hanford workers being evaluated for a variety of symptoms and potential ailments due to smelling odors and fumes in the Tank Farm area now at 33, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is considering new legal action vs. the federal government.

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Inside view of tank AY-102 (Department of Energy)
Inside view of tank AY-102 (Department of Energy)
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Hanford Tank Pumping Suspended After Workers Smell Odors

No word on when pumping and work on two Hanford area tanks, and other parts of the waste tank farm will continue, after 11 workers were checked after reporting smelling fumes.

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Hanford double-shell tanks during construction, circa late 1960's (oregon.gov)
Hanford double-shell tanks during construction, circa late 1960's (oregon.gov)
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Unusual Radiation Readings Could Mean 2nd Hanford Teak Leaking

Regular routine checks and inspections of the waste tanks at Hanford have scientists wondering about a possible 2nd tank that might be leaking. It's tank AY-101, the second-oldest of the double-shell tanks, and dates back to about 1969.

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Cutaway view of typical double-shelled Hanford tank, like AY-102  (Washington State Department of Ecology)
Cutaway view of typical double-shelled Hanford tank, like AY-102 (Washington State Department of Ecology)
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How Bad is Hanford Tank Leaking? Different Stories From Workers, DOE

AY-102 is causing a lot of controversy at Hanford. The leaking double-walled tank is not a hazard to the public according to the Department of Energy, but some former Hanford workers are calling it a "catastrophic" event.

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Hanford B reactor tours begin (Getty Images)
Hanford B reactor tours begin (Getty Images)
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Hurry! Hanford B Reactor Tour Registrations Start Monday, Will Fill Up FAST

These tours are VERY popular, and fill up FAST!  Registration is now open for the Hanford B Reactor Historic tours.

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Getty Images, Matt Cardy
Getty Images, Matt Cardy
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Hanford Job Growth Stalled, ‘Thanks Obama’

Not only are the feds dragging their feet cleaning up Hanford (sparking numerous lawsuits from Washington and Oregon), but now they're stopping its expansion, too.

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Did EPA over react to low-level radioacive dust? (Getty Images)
Did EPA over react to low-level radioacive dust? (Getty Images)
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EPA Says Blowing Radioactive Dust at Hanford “Alarming”

A report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency claims radioactive dust blown in a November, 2015 windstorm is "alarming" to the agency.

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Hanford Fire worker exposed to low-level radiation (Getty Images)
Hanford Fire worker exposed to low-level radiation (Getty Images)
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Hanford Fire Worker Tests Positive for Low-Level Radiation

A firefighter at the Hanford Fire Station was being treated for exposure to low-level radiation after some contaminated equipment was brought to the facility.

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