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State fines Hanford nuclear site $1M for restricting info

Jan. 6, 2020 5:04 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has issued a $1 million fine to a federal nuclear weapons production site for restricting access to critical data. The Washington Department of Ecology issued the fine on Monday to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which is owned by the U.S. Department of...

In this image taken Tuesday evening, Dec. 31, 2019, and provided by the Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Transportation using snow plows to remove a pile of tumbleweeds along State Route 240 near Richland, Wash. (Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol viaAP)

Cars get trapped in tumbleweeds on Washington state highway

Jan. 1, 2020 4:00 PM EST

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some people spent part of their New Year's Eve trapped on a Washington state highway after tumbleweeds blocked their route, authorities said. YakTriNews reported that the Washington State Patrol announced via Twitter at about 6:30 p.m. that State Route 240 was closed in both...

Hiring at Hanford lab targets dangerous radioactive waste

Jan. 1, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The initial staff has arrived at the Analytical Laboratory, the first of the four major facilities at the Hanford $17 billion vitrification plant to have a Washington state permit to operate. The inaugural team of eight chemists is setting up shop there as the plant prepares to start...

Steilacoom's Emeka Egbuka voted AP Washington player of year

Dec. 30, 2019 3:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Steilacoom junior Emeka Egbuka has been named The Associated Press Washington state high school football player of the year. The star wide receiver was a unanimous choice as the state player of the year for all classifications in voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around...

Washington state to investigate claims over failed expansion

Dec. 29, 2019 11:05 PM EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has opened formal investigations into complaints over a failed funding drive to expand a convention complex. The Public Disclosure Commission will investigate The Link project for the Three Rivers Convention Center campus in Kennewick, The Tri-City Herald reported ...

Study looks at benefits and liabilities of Snake River dams

Dec. 20, 2019 1:32 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River in Washington state bring both benefits and liabilities to the region, and there is no clear consensus in the state on whether the giant structures should be removed or retained, a new report said. The state Legislature last spring...

Pasco officers kill suspect who stabbed them with knife

Dec. 15, 2019 6:42 PM EST

PASCO, Wa. (AP) — Two Pasco police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man Saturday night who authorities say stabbed them, KEPR TV reported. The Franklin County Coroners Office 'identified the man as Alejandro Betancourt-Mendoza. The officers were stabbed while investigating a crime, the Pasco Police...

Hanford contractor’s rating drops because of investigations

Dec. 14, 2019 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy at Hanford downgraded its performance assessment of the contractor building the site's $`17 billion vitrification plant because of ongoing criminal and civil investigations, according to a recently released report. An official assessing the performance of...

New Hanford cleanup contract worth up to $10B awarded

Dec. 12, 2019 8:17 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, it announced Thursday. The Tri-City Herald reports under the current contract, almost 1,700 workers are cleaning up contamination primarily in the center of the...

Some leaking diesel fuel from train reaches Columbia River

Dec. 9, 2019 1:22 PM EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington says some diesel fuel spilled into the Columbia River as it leaked from a BNSF train along nine miles of track through the Tri-Cities area. The state Department of Ecology estimates that 200 gallons spilled along the tracks from Pasco to Finley, including nine...