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Washington Workers’ Radiation Exposure Halts Nuke Plant Demolition

Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Dozens of workers …

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 …

State Taking Steps to Protect Washington Nuclear Site Workers

Washington state asked a federal judge this week to issue an injunction requiring the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to take steps to protect workers at a major nuclear waste storage site. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson …

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 …

Radioactive Particles Found On Idaho Lab Debris

Federal officials are investigating and taking precautionary measures after a contractor found radioactive particles on construction debris at the Idaho National Laboratory advanced test reactor complex in southeastern Idaho. KIFI-TV reported that the contractor found traces of cesium and cobalt. …