Hanford Blog

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.

June 15, 2017
Hanford Workers Completing Key Elements of 618-10 Burial Ground Cleanup
Workers are in the final stages of completing two components of the cleanup of Hanford’s 618-10 burial ground.

June 08, 2017
DOE Statement on Take Cover at PFP
At approximately 10:30 a.m. (PST) this morning, about 350 employees of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) at the Hanford Site were released from a precautionary take cover that was established approximately three hours earlier after an air monitor s

June 08, 2017
Hanford Advisory Board PFP Presentation from May 2017
Updated information on the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant, a presented to the Hanford Advisory Board in May 2017.

May 2017

May 24, 2017
Investigation shows no tank leak in Double-Shell Tank AZ-101
Contamination recently found on a piece of equipment used to inspect a Hanford double-shell tank is not the result of a primary tank leak, an investigation has found.

May 22, 2017
Crews Finish Placing Protective Cover over Tunnel at Hanford Site
Workers over the weekend finished installing a protective cover over a tunnel near the Hanford Site’s Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX) that partially collapsed on May 9.