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October 28, 2014
DOE, Washington Closure complete recycling project at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently teamed with contractor Washington Closure Hanford to complete a major recycling effort during cleanup of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

October 22, 2014
Workers Enter Cocooned F Reactor for Scheduled Inspection

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers from Mission Support Alliance, LLC., removed the welds around the steel door of the F Reactor last week before stepping inside the reactor to complete its periodic inspection. This is the first time the Department of Energy (DOE) has had the reactor open since 2008.

October 6, 2014
At the Hanford site in Washington State, the Department is responsible for treating 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks.
Message from DOE on the Hanford Consent Decree

One of the Department of Energy’s most important tasks is to clean up the legacy of nuclear materials production during World War II and the Cold War. At the Hanford site in Washington State, the Department is responsible for treating 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks.

September 30, 2014
A team of drillers installs a well to support groundwater treatment operations at the Hanford site.
Hanford Treats Groundwater Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are ahead of schedule in meeting EM's annual goals for treating contaminated groundwater at the Hanford site in southeast Washington state.

September 29, 2014
David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance, was joined by Mindi Linquist, State Director for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, right, and Erik Olds, Chief of Staff, EM’s Office or River Protection, second from left, for an explanation of B Reactor operations from Gene Weisskopf with the B Reactor Museum Association during a tour of the facility.
Community Reflects on Pivotal Moment in History with B Reactor

RICHLAND, Wash. – Buses carried about 200 members of the community by the remains of an old high school, bank, and other relics of former Hanford town sites once home to tens of thousands of workers who produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project, World War II, and Cold War.

September 25, 2014
12th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

You’re Invited: Join the U.S. Department of Energy and Hanford Site Prime Contractors for the Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium!

August 28, 2014
An aerial photo of Hanford’s 100-D Area along the Columbia River, which is served by one of five pump-and-treat systems along the Columbia River that are helping shrink areas of contaminated groundwater.
Hanford Exceeds Annual Goal for Cleaning up Groundwater near Columbia River

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Hanford site in southeast Washington state, EM and its contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are achieving groundwater cleanup goals ahead of schedule.

August 28, 2014
The former administration building known as building 270-Z is one of eight support buildings of the Plutonium Finishing Plant recently removed or demolished.
Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recent weeks, the look of Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has changed as crews removed or demolished eight buildings surrounding it.

August 28, 2014
The underground demolition occurred at the final reactor cleanup site in Hanford’s 300 Area, a former industrial complex along the west bank of the Columbia River.
EM Takes Safe, Unique Approach to Underground Demolition at Hanford Site, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Some people in the community heard an explosion the morning of Aug. 16 that heralded another significant step in environmental cleanup at EM’s Hanford site.

July 29, 2014
Workers “seal out” a pencil tank that had been cut into smaller segments and prepare it for shipment.
Hanford Site Workers Meet Challenging Performance Goal at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Safely and methodically, piece by piece, workers at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant are surpassing goals for removing hazardous tanks once used in the plutonium production process.