Hanford Blog

November 2017

November 14, 2017
Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel Stabilized
Hanford workers have finished stabilizing a waste storage tunnel with engineered grout, after it partially collapsed earlier this year.

October 2017

October 31, 2017
Hanford Cleanup Progress Fact Sheet - August 2017
Cleanup statistics are through the end of August, and employment statistics are through the end of September 2017.

October 23, 2017
DOE Announces New Office of River Protection Manager
DOE-ORP announced the selection of Brian Vance as the new manager. Vance has over 30 years of leadership experience with Westinghouse, AREVA, and as a career submarine officer in the Navy, most recently as part of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

October 19, 2017
Hanford Workers Accomplish FY 2017 Groundwater Treatment Goals
Workers at the Hanford Site continued their work to protect the Columbia River from contaminated groundwater by accomplishing two key treatment goals in Fiscal Year 2017.

October 04, 2017
Crews Begin Injecting Engineered Grout into Hanford Site Waste Storage Tunnel
Hanford workers have begun injecting engineered grout into a waste storage tunnel near the Hanford Site's Plutonium Uranium Extraction, or PUREX, Facility, that partially collapsed earlier this year.

August 2017

August 01, 2017
Hanford Cleanup Progress Fact Sheet - June 2017
Cleanup statistics are as of the end of February, and employment statistics are as of the end of June 2017.

July 2017

July 27, 2017
Demolition of Former Plutonium Finishing Plant Processing Building Now Underway
Demolition is now underway on the facility that once produced two-thirds of the nation’s Cold War-era plutonium.

July 17, 2017
Workers Successfully Demolish Plutonium Finishing Plant Ventilation Stack
Workers safely removed a landmark from the Hanford Site skyline Saturday, with the demolition of the ventilation stack at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

June 2017

June 30, 2017
DOE releases results of structural integrity analysis of PUREX tunnels
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided engineering reports on the waste tunnels (Tunnels 1 and 2) associated with the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX) at the Hanford Site.

June 15, 2017
Workers complete assembly of 300-ton nuclear waste melter
ORP and BNI announced employees have safely completed final assembly of the first melter at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The 300-ton nuclear waste melter is one of two located inside the WTP’s Low-Activity Waste facility.