The state fined the U.S. Department of Energy $261,000 Friday for problems with how it handled barrels of mixed chemical and radioactive wastes and for improper reporting of spills and glitches in central Hanford. The violations were spotted during July 2011 and February 2012 inspections of a complex where the barrels are stored and in T Plant, another storage spot. T Plant is a super-long battle-ship-sized processing building that helped create plutonium for two of the first three atomic bombs in World War II. Its vast, highly radioactive main chamber is now a huge waste storage area. The state Ecology Department agreed to suspend $246,000 of that fine if Hanford improves its handling and monitoring of the waste barrels. — J.S.
Top Seattle law firm Perkins Coie has the other Washington under siege. As SeattlePI.com's Joel Connelly reported today, the firm snagged two top White House aides for its new D.C.-based Public and Strategy Affairs practice. Pete Rouse, who, until last year, was Obama's long-time senior counsel and chief of staff, and Mark Patterson, former U.S. Treasury Department chief of staff, will run the new practice. “It is a big deal and we are delighted to have them join us,” Kevin Hamilton, a Perkins Coie partner and election expert, told Connelly. — B.A.
Today in Olympia
- Low-income students would be served breakfast at school under a "breakfast after the bell" program proposed by Sen. Steve Litzow, R- Mercer Island, Friday. The bill cites improved student attendance, behavioral and academic outcomes associated with school breakfasts and would allow schools that serve high-needs populations three years to ramp up the program.
- Adults receiving unemployment insurance benefits would be required to perform community service under bills introduced by Republicans Friday. The bills, which have already drawn Democratic opposition, would require eight hours of community service for every four weeks of benefits that a person receives. — J.S.
Can you dance and love football?
Sure, the Northwest is a little football-obsessed these days. But it's unfair to stereotype the men of Seattle — or America or maybe even Denver — as unappreciative of other types of artistic expression (just look at the grace of players like Percy Harvin, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin). Take these SNL stars for example. In fact, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper might want to consider a dance-off in lieu of any hokey state-themed football bets. — J.C.
Mariners: The more things change
The Seattle Mariners searched the entire country for the best person to be president of their struggling, woebegone franchise and found that the very candidate was ... right here all along! They are promoting their vice president of finance and ballpark administration, Kevin Mather, to be president and chief operating officer. And for all the fans who long ago concluded that the franchise only cared about making money, yes, you guessed right: Mather received his degree in accounting. Even better: Howard Lincoln promises a "seamless transition" when longtime President Chuck Armstrong departs next week. Well, Seattle baseball fans, one more reason to be all-in for the Seahawks? — J.C.
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