Articles by Nicholas K. Geranios

Busy Wildfire Season Along West Coast: Forecast

Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said this week. California experienced its deadliest and …

Washington Tunnel Collapse Renews Safety Concerns over Nuclear Site

Thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were told to stay home as efforts began to plug a hole that developed in the partial collapse of a tunnel containing dangerous radioactive waste from the building of nuclear bomb materials. …

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Nuclear Plant Lawsuit in Washington

A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington state over worker safety issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice rejected an Energy Department argument that …

Washington Nuclear Site Workers Test Thousands Of Air Samples

About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But …

Crack In Washington Dam May Be From Water Pressure

Pressure from the water behind Wanapum Dam may have contributed to the big crack that has disrupted operations at the structure, the Grant County Public Utility District said. The cause of the crack remains unknown, but the utility said it …

Washington Apple Crop Tops $2B in Sales

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but it sure lines the pockets of Washington’s apple growers. Apples were worth more than $2 billion to Washington farmers in 2012, the first crop in state history to cross …

Spokane Residents Cope With Record Snow

More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks has left Spokane residents frustrated. Tempers are so frayed that a man was arrested for shooting at a snow plow operator. This unusually harsh winter has disrupted schools, traffic, …