Hanford Blog

November 2015

November 19, 2015
Department of Energy completes chromium cleanup along Columbia River
More than two million tons of chromium-contaminated soil have been moved away from several areas near the Columbia River at the Hanford Site.

November 12, 2015
Agencies welcome Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Following the Nov. 10 establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Richland Operations Office has eliminated the age requirement for entrance to the B Reactor National Historic Landmark.

September 2015

September 29, 2015
DOE-Richland contractors, programs earn safety honors
All three major contractors of the Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) and one individual employee were recently recognized with DOE and national safety awards by the Voluntary Protection Program Participants

September 29, 2015
Workers treat record amount of Hanford groundwater
Workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site treated a record amount of groundwater to remove contamination in the last year, operating facilities that treated 2.1 billion gallons of groundwater.

September 24, 2015
Workers Remove Iconic Glove Boxes from Hanford's Historic McCluskey Room
Workers recently finished removing three pieces of history from one of the most hazardous rooms at the Hanford Site in Washington State.

July 2015

July 13, 2015
Hanford Cleanup Progress Fact Sheet - May 2015
This is a DOE fact sheet with the latest statistics on Hanford Site cleanup progress through the end of May 2015.

May 2015

May 21, 2015
Briefing to Homebuilders’ Association of Tri-Cities
Richland Operations Office Manager Stacy Charboneau provided an overview of the Hanford Site to the Homebuilders’ Association of the Tri-Cities in May 2015.

May 07, 2015
Washington State University to manage Hanford’s Manhattan Project and Cold War-era artifacts and archives
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office (RL), through site contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA), has begun a new partnership with Washington State University Tri-Cities that will provide expert care of Hanford Site artifacts.

April 2015

April 22, 2015
New public tour to focus on Hanford historic sites
The history of Hanford Site lands prior to the Manhattan Project will be the focus of a new public tour program offered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office. The program will run from May to October of 2015 and will include

April 20, 2015
Last of pencil tank assemblies removed from Plutonium Finishing Plant
More than 50 pencil tank assemblies – some two stories tall – contaminated with chemical and radiological hazards are now gone from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. The tanks, called “pencil tanks” due to their long and narrow shape, reclaimed pl