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2009-08-10 14:27:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John C. Cruden, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, will tour the Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State on TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009 at 9:00 A.M. PT (12:00 P.M. ET). Following the tour, Acting Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden, Governor Gregoire and Secretary Chu, along with state and federal officials, will hold a joint press briefing at the site....

2009-07-14 11:30:00

ATLANTA, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI) today announced the receipt of authorization by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 to commercially store and treat radioactive Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) through non-thermal treatment at the Company's subsidiary, Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc. (PFNWR) located in Richland, Washington. This most recent authorization for non-thermal treatment of radioactive PCB...

2009-05-05 10:42:00

PASADENA, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) announced today that it is part of a team selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide a broad range of site services for its Hanford site, located in Richland, Wash. With a total program value of $3.059 billion, the contract has a ten-year period of performance with a five-year base contract period and two option periods for the remaining five years. Selected as the mission support...

2009-04-29 17:29:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to manage and operate the new Mission Support Contract at its Hanford site in south central Washington State. The latest DOE determination was made following a protest lodged by a competing bidder and a review last fall by the Government Accountability Office. With a total program value of $3.059 billion over a 10-year period, the contract includes a...

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2009-03-03 06:50:00

A bottle found at a dumpsite has the oldest example of plutonium prepared in a nuclear reactor, scientists announced yesterday. The sample is from 1944 and is an artifact from the early years of the US nuclear weapons program. Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory utilized nuclear forensic methods to precisely date and find the origins of the sample. The researchers have labeled this "nuclear archaeology." The bottle of plutonium was found in a trench at the Hanford...

2009-02-02 10:32:00

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- IMPACT Services, Inc. has signed a teaming agreement with Babcock Services, Inc. and IceSolv, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock Services) to provide expanded decontamination services at IMPACT Services' radioactive waste processing facility located at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. "This teaming agreement will allow IMPACT Services and Babcock Services to provide customers with yet another process geared...

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2009-01-21 14:46:29

The world's first batch of weapons-grade plutonium ever made has been found abandoned at the world's oldest nuclear processing site. The first nuclear reservation established in 1943 at Hanford, Washington, was built to support the U.S.'s pioneering nuclear weapons program. The site was home to the plutonium-239 for Trinity, the first ever nuclear weapon test in 1945. More Hanford plutonium was used in the nuclear strike on Nagasaki a little more than three weeks later. However, Hanford...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

By Scott Mayes By Annette Cary Tri-City Herald The plan guiding management of the Hanford Reach National Monument for the next 15 years has been approved by the regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ren Lohoefener signed a record of decision Thursday on the much- discussed management plan. It calls for leaving the White Bluffs boat launch open to motorized boats and opening more acreage to the public, although the Rattlesnake Mountain area will remain off- limits....

2008-09-04 12:00:16

The U.S. Department of Energy says it has selected Mission Support Alliance LLC as support contractor at its Hanford site in Washington State. Department officials said the contract with the Lockheed Martin Corp. subsidiary is a cost-plus award-fee contract valued at approximately $3 billion over 10 years, with a five-year base period and options to extend it for up to another five years. The 586-square-mile Hanford site is a decommissioned nuclear production facility that was established...

2008-08-22 21:00:12

By Fred O. Williams A foe of a proposed apartment complex in the Village of Orchard Park has unearthed environmental concerns about the village-owned site, which is used for waste storage by the Public Works Department. Theodore Backus, whose home on Thorn Avenue abuts the site, said he suspects the village wants to unload the land in order to duck a possible cleanup bill, a charge village officials deny. "They're trying to make the headache someone else's," he said. "They don't know...