Latest Hanford Site Stories

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...

2007-10-30 09:02:51

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Researchers are studying a colony of bats that live in an underground concrete structure at the Hanford nuclear reservation in hopes of determining how to provide a new home for them once the structure is demolished. The large clearwell near the Columbia River was once used to hold filtered water for Hanford's F Reactor when it produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program. Sometime after it stopped operating about 30 years ago, one of its six hatches was...

2007-01-07 16:18:44

CINCINNATI -- A bird's nest nestled in the tall grasses of a wetland symbolizes the end of a 20-year struggle to clean up a site contaminated by radioactive material from a former Cold War-era uranium processing plant. After years of often-contentious public meetings, lawsuits and relentless lobbying, the land is now devoid of 1.5 million tons of its most dangerous waste and has begun its transformation into an undeveloped park and wildlife haven covered with woods, prairie and wetlands. "I...

2005-09-10 01:03:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday approved a private firm's plan to store tens of thousands of tonnes nuclear waste above the ground on an American Indian reservation in Utah. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted the license to Private Fuel Storage to store the radioactive waste on the reservation of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians, about 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The commission's approval of the Utah facility comes as the government has...

2005-03-01 18:00:05

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A significant amount of radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making should remain at former production sites, and several locations should be kept open longer than planned to treat waste from elsewhere, scientists recommended Tuesday. Reports by two panels of the National Academies urged the Energy Department to revamp its massive $140 billion cleanup plans for defense nuclear waste with the goal of transporting less of it to a central facility. This would allow cleanup...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.