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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.

February 25, 2013
Registration Starts Soon for 2013 Hanford Site Public Tours

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will open online registration on March 4 at 6 p.m. for tours of the Hanford Site in 2013.

February 21, 2013
PNNL's Olympus supercomputer is one of the computational resources that will be used by members of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing. Other resources include the University of Washington's Hyak supercomputer and cloud computing.
Tackling Big Data Together

The newly stood up Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing will be tackling big challenges facing science and society, like climate change and energy management.

January 18, 2013
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials tour the Hanford Site to learn about cleanup technologies that could be used at Fukushima.
Tri-City Herald: Japanese Officials See How Hanford Does It

On opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, similar work to clean up radioactive contamination is planned to be carried out during the next 40 years.

Thursday, officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operated the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear reactors, toured Hanford to see how work is being done there to clean up contamination from the past production of plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program.