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Small nukes: a long-term prospect for Tri-Cities?

The Tri-Cities face a good wait before learning whether the area could be home to a new nuclear enterprise. The designers of the nation’s first…

Nuclear energy scores 2 victories in Olympia

The Washington Senate wants the state Department of Commerce to begin looking for potential manufacturing sites for small modular reactors. By a 27-to-21 vote Friday,…

Seattle City Light’s little nuclear share

Editor's note: This story has been updated to delete one reference to Seattle City Light as a "part owner" of Energy Northwest, which operates the…

Should we build new nuclear reactors in Washington?

Could our state build reactors again more than 30 years after it suffered through the plagued construction of Washington Public Power Supply System Reactors Nos.…

State, feds square off over Hanford

Washington state is rejecting a U.S. Department of Energy catch-up plan on delays in dealing with Hanford's radioactive tank wastes. The state argues that the…

State calls Hanford cleanup delays a ‘violation’ of consent decree

The Department of Energy’s current legal timetable for dealing with 56 million gallons of highly radioactive fluids and sludges in 177 leaky underground tanks seems…

The bomb and the explosion of U.S. suburbs

Of all the stops on the nuclear weapons assembly line, plutonium is the dirtiest. Each kilogram of final product generates hundreds of thousand of gallons of radioactive waste. — Kate…

Fed-up state officials may cite Hanford for miscues on radioactive leaks

Washington state is considering citing the Hanford nuclear reservation for mishandling containers of radioactive wastes in 2012. Washington Department of Ecology investigators also became frustrated over…

Four ways to get rid of nuclear waste

What will last 24,000 years? Surely not the new 520 floating bridge, or the new Sonics arena — if it's ever built. Grand Coulee dam?…

The Hanford triangle, where radiation, engineers and Gov. Jay Inslee meet

Tom Fletcher talks like a typical Hanford engineer. Careful. Very precise. Reluctant to speculate beyond what is 100 percent known. More comfortable with the tech…

Hanford would like to send nuclear waste to reluctant New Mexico

Hanford wants to send some of its radioactive tank wastes to New Mexico. However, New Mexico might not want to accept it. Gov. Jay Inslee…

Feds will slash Hanford cleanup workers

Almost  half of Hanford's employees could be laid off or furloughed because of federal sequestration cut, which would jeopardize timetables to deal with new leaking…

Exclusive: Inslee looks ahead to goals, metrics and financial challenges

Gov. Jay Inslee has a plan of attack to his new job. Actually it's more of a philosophical approach. It's a broad approach that still…

Inslee worries over new tank leaks at Hanford, fed response

Hanford's one leaking single-shell radioactive waste tank is now six leaking tanks — and possibly more. The fix-it measure: That's a mystery for now. But it…

Inslee pushes for look at climate options

Gov. Jay Inslee is personally pushing for a task force to find out if there are cost-effectve ways for Washington to reduce its carbon emissions. The…

Inslee proclaims no tolerance for Hanford leaks

A few hundred gallons of highly radioactive wastes have leaked anew from an underground  single-shell tank at Hanford.  That's a mere drop compared to the…

Powerful congressman demands Hanford answers

Why build a huge, expensive chemical facility at Hanford, if the site can begin glassifying radioactive wastes without it? That's one question posed by U.S.…

OK, Hanford: Time to start listening to whistleblowers

The Department of Energy ignored a December memo by a top engineer, urging that the agency stop construction of a nuclear waste processing complex at…

State, feds are extending Hanford cleanup deadlines

B Cell used to be the most dangerous room at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Step inside the three-story-tall chamber's concrete walls filled with nuclear junk…

Hanford leak brings call for new underground tanks

More huge, underground radioactive waste tanks could be needed at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Earlier this month, the Hanford Advisory Board told the U.S.Department of…

Is the Department of Energy trying to smother Hanford critique?

For almost two decades, the Hanford nuclear reservation has had very active public participation and oversight through the Hanford Advisory Board. At times, it has…

Design of Hanford cleanup questioned

A U.S. Department of Energy memo suggests putting a new contractor in charge of the design for a critical part of the nuclear clean-up at…

Hanford’s ‘safe’ storage tanks: Leaking again?

The Hanford nuclear reservation is investigating the possibility that one of its double-shell tanks, thought to be a safe nuclear waste storage facility, might be leaking…

Next nukes at Hanford might be little guys

A new, smaller type of nuclear reactor could find a home in Eastern Washington several years from now. But some big "ifs" would have to…

Is Hanford stuck with the hot waste?

Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko has announced his resignation. Jaczko, a former staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, was widely credited with —…