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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...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 3--Dozens of species of plants that covered the Mid-Columbia before the landscape gave way to crops and manicured lawns will be grown in a new greenhouse at Washington State University Tri-Cities. "I view this as a new branch of agriculture," said Steven Link, WSU extension ecologist and associate scientist in the school of biological sciences. There's growing demand for native plants for revegetating large burned areas, restoring...

2008-07-24 15:01:02

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 24--The Department of Energy has agreed in principle with a proposal that could mean continued use of Rattlesnake Mountain for emergency and other radio communication and possible limited operation of the Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory. DOE responded this week to a proposal by Energy Northwest to consolidate public communication systems into a single new tower and then tear down the old towers scattered on the mountaintop. An...

2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Hagadone, Zach The Stoller Corporation, a Colorado-based environmental, waste management, remediation, and ecological services company, has been awarded a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension for management of the disposal facility at the abandoned Hanford nuclear site in Washington. The project, though based in Richland, Wash., falls under the administrative jurisdiction of Stoller's northwest regional headquarters in Idaho Falls. "It's a big job," said company spokesman Jim...

2008-07-10 00:00:15

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 9--WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than $2 billion for work at Hanford, including nearly $222 million more than was requested in the president's budget, has been included in the Senate's 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Tuesday. The bill includes money for Hanford cleanup and for alternative energy production, Murray said in a prepared statement. The senior member of the subcommittee that...

2008-07-09 06:00:00

By Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 9--Radioactive waste left in the groundwater at the former Fernald uranium-processing plant in southwestern Ohio could linger for a century, state officials estimate. That's why the U.S. Department of Energy agreed yesterday to pay a record $13.75 million to settle a lawsuit that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency filed in 1986. The payment, the largest of its kind in state history, is considered one of the final acts of a...

2008-07-08 21:00:15

By Spencer Hunt, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 8--Radioactive waste left in the groundwater at the former Fernald uranium-processing plant in southwestern Ohio could linger for a century, state officials estimate. That's why the U.S. Department of Energy agreed today to pay a record $13.75 million to settle a lawsuit that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency filed in 1986. The payment, the largest of its kind in state history, is considered one of the final acts of a years-long...

2008-06-20 12:00:19

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 20--The Department of Energy has determined that its Rattlesnake Mountain land is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because of its tribal history. But after facing a riled-up crowd at a Prosser meeting this week, it has decided to produce a third version of a registration form to resubmit to the Washington State Preservation Office. About 35 people attended the meeting, mostly ranchers on or near...

2008-06-20 12:00:18

By Mike Gellatly, Aiken Standard, S.C. Jun. 20--It was an important day for Savannah River Site on Thursday as staff, safety and hard work were celebrated to mark the successful completion of one project and the startup of another. At two separate ceremonies, dignitaries, elected officials and staff came together to honor the successful closure of the General Separations Area Consolidated Unit (GSACU) and the start of the Interim Salt Disposition Processing system (ISDP). The ISDP...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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