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April 29, 2013
The time capsule and its contents will be brought before a DOE Hanford artifact committee that determines what to do with historic Hanford items.
Coffee Can Time Capsule Found at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Two workers supporting the Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site got quite a surprise while preparing a building for demolition.

April 2, 2013
Workers wear air purifying respirators in the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Workers Deliver Award-Winning Respiratory Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers supporting the Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site found a way to make their everyday work even safer.

March 28, 2013
An aerial view of Hanford’s 300 Area North Section following completion of cleanup.
Richland Operations Office Completes Cleanup in Hanford’s 300 Area North Section

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM met a Tri-Party Agreement milestone by completing cleanup of the north portion of Hanford’s 300 Area.

March 25, 2013
2013 Annual Planning Summary for the Pacific Northwest Site Office

The ongoing and projected Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for 2013 and 2014 within the Pacific Northwest Site Office. The Pacific Northwest Site Office's APS was consolidated within the Office of Science's APS available here.

March 25, 2013
2013 Annual Planning Summary for the Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office

The ongoing and projected Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for 2013 and 2014 within the Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office.

March 14, 2013
Fiber Optic Broadband
DOE, City of Richland and Benton PUD Increase Fiber Optic Telecommunication Capacity in Benton County - Upgrade improves communications at Hanford Site, schools and libraries

RICHLAND, Wash. ― The Department of Energy (DOE), city of Richland, and Benton County’s Public Utility District (Benton PUD) jointly implemented a high-capacity fiber optic cable in Richland and at the Hanford Site. The project will improve communications throughout the area.

March 11, 2013
DOE Identifies its Preferred Alternative for Certain Hanford Tank Wastes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing its preferred alternative for wastes contained in underground radioactive waste storage tanks evaluated in the Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement for the Hanford Site, Richland, Washington (Final TC & WM EIS, DOE/EIS-0391, December 2012). With regard to those wastes that, in the future, may be properly and legally classified as mixed transuranic waste (mixed TRU waste). DOE's preferred alternative is to retrieve, treat, package, and characterize and certify the wastes for disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a geologic repository for the disposal of mixed TRU waste generated by atomic energy defense activities.

March 11, 2013
An aerial view of Hanford’s D Area shows the D Reactor (lower left) and DR Reactor. Workers are digging 85 feet to groundwater at two sites there to remove chromium contamination.
Hanford Deep Dig Removes Contaminated Soil

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford site are digging deep into several waste sites near the Columbia River to remove soil contaminated with chromium.

March 11, 2013
EIS-0391: Notice of Preferred Alternative

Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement for the Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

February 26, 2013
B Reactor Tour Registration Opens March 2 - Visitors Have Come From 60 Countries Worldwide

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will open online registration for the B Reactor National Historic Landmark’s 2013 tour season on March 2 at noon. Families with children above the age of 12, along with middle schools and high schools, are invited to sign up for the coveted tour slots.