Hanford Demolition Work Stopped Again Over Contamination Issues
Hanford workers have called a “stop work” at a demolition site over worries of radioactive contamination inside government vehicles. It’s the same site where government contractors have struggled to tame the spread of contamination all winter.
Correspondent Anna King has been closely following this story.
“What we know so far is this: Crews are checking the interiors of about four-dozen government vehicles. Around 8 a.m. today workers called a ‘stop work.’ Anyone at the demo site that uses these vehicles isn’t working right now,” Anna King reported earlier on Tuesday, Feb. 20. “But, office workers are still doing their jobs. Contractors had cleared these vehicles before. But they surveyed the outsides, not the interior. Now, workers want the inside of each vehicle to have a thorough going over. This is all important because waste has continued to spread at this old factory demo site.”
So far, several workers, an office building and 36 cars have been found contaminated.
The huge Plutonium Finishing Plant was where the government turned liquids containing plutonium into hockey-puck-sized solid “buttons” for making bombs during the Cold War.
Now the federal government is trying to tear it down to the slab. But about 200 workers have been largely idled since December.
From 1949 to 1989, the massive plant’s job was to turn caustic liquids containing plutonium into solid plutonium “buttons,” as they were known. The finished buttons were about the size of hockey pucks and were used for America’s nuclear weapons. Continue Reading Hanford’s Long-Shuttered Plutonium Finishing Plant Is Now Demolished After Delays, Safety Issues
Washington Department of Ecology leaders say without access to this data, they can’t effectively protect the land, air and water for residents in eastern Washington and surrounding communities. They say they’ve attempted to negotiate this issue with federal Energy managers for years. Continue Reading Washington State Regulators Fine Feds More Than $1 Million Over Hanford Cleanup Data
At Hanford, in southeastern Washington, contractors have just completed much of the demo work at the site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. But now crews have to finish the job. And that’s the tough part. Continue Reading Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant Demolition Job Reaches Even More Delicate Phase