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Hanford: Awash in Radioactive Waste

Hanford: Awash in Radioactive Waste

Nuclear Waste May 26, 2018 at 7:06 am 0 comments

On its 60th anniversary, the civilian age of nuclear power in America appears to be almost over. But with the country awash in radioactive waste and plutonium stockpiled for warheads, the task of managing this atomic legacy grows ever more urgent. Opening a long-delayed waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is imperative.

Barrels of low-level Class A commercial nuclear waste are checked with a Geiger counter in a trench at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state on October 18, 1988. (Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis)

Watch: Hanford Worker Who Inhaled Plutonium Exposes the Safety Failures

Nuclear Waste February 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm 0 comments

The worker tested positive for inhalation of the potential lethal nuclear isotope of plutonium – a key ingredient to the production of nuclear bombs and warheads.

State monitoring has found elevated readings of radioactive contamination at the Hanford Site. In December, demolition work at Hanford’s plutonium finishing plant was suspended after wind picked up radioactive particles and spread them. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy)

Spread of Radioactive Particles at Hanford: Washington State Health Department Raises Alarm

Featured, Nuclear Waste February 4, 2018 at 1:18 am 0 comments

A state official, citing elevated readings of radiation across the Hanford site, sends a letter of concern to the federal Energy Department.

Birth Defects Near Hanford: Watch Interview with 'Plutopia' Author Prof. Kate Brown

Birth Defects Near Hanford: Watch Interview with 'Plutopia' Author Prof. Kate Brown

Import, Nuclear Waste, Videos December 13, 2017 at 6:41 am 0 comments

Interview with Prof. Kate Brown author of “Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters” about the high number of cases of rare birth defects near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.