Hanford's Dirty Secrets

Hanford's Dirty Secrets

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Hanford's Dirty Secrets

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 9:12 AM

KING 5's Susannah Frame reports on questionable oversight and management at the Hanford Site, the 586-square-mile nuclear reservation that holds some of the world's most dangerous radioactive and chemical wastes.

Chemical vapors -- Series Page

Most recently, Frame has focused on worker safety at Hanford. A spate of chemical vapor incidents starting in March 2014 affected at least 28 workers, with some requiring hospital treatment.

- Nearly a dozen Hanford employees sick from unknown fumes (March 25, 2014)

- Hanford workers sickened by unknown vapors rises to 17 (March 26, 2014)

- Hanford safety 'stand down' after workers sick from vapors (March 27, 2014)

- Hanford workers affected by chemical vapors now at 24 (April 3, 2014)

- Chemical vapor incidents prompt ‘stop work’ at Hanford (April 3, 2014)

- Workers evacuated from Hanford tank farm as a 'precaution' (April 4, 2014)

- Sick Hanford workers speak out for first time (April 8, 2014)

- Hanford worker exposed again to airborne irritant (April 9, 2014)

- 2 more Hanford workers sick, up to 28 since March (April 28, 2014)

- Calls for safety changes date back decades at Hanford (April 29, 2014)

- Buried study sounded alarm about Hanford vapors (May 13, 2014)\

- For injured Hanford workers, it's one denial after another (May 20, 2014)

- Key WA members of Congress pledge action for Hanford workers (May 21, 2014)

- 'No consequences' at Hanford for safety failures (June 3, 2014)

Leaking tank waste

Frame's reporting on a leak in the aging double-shell waste tank AY-102 won a 2013 Peabody Award.

- Contractor discounted Hanford leak evidence for a year (April 22, 2013)

- KING 5 story on Hanford prompts action by Inslee, feds (April 25, 2013)

- Hanford worker's struggle to 'do the right thing' (April 25, 2013)

- Bonus money trumps safety at Hanford, experts say (May 2, 2013)

- No plan in place when leak alarm sounded at Hanford (May 10, 2013)

- Hanford officials hid leak evidence from advisory panel (May 21, 2013)

- Head of Hanford tank farm contractor abruptly retires (May 29, 2013)

- State ready to take action over leaking Hanford nuclear waste tank (June 3, 2013)

- Leak in Hanford double-shell tank getting worse (June 13, 2013)

- Hanford contractor wasted millions on leaking tank (June 13, 2013)

- New photos show growing leak in Hanford tank (June 21, 2013)

- Worst Hanford tank may be leaking into soil (June 21, 2013)

- Contamination from Hanford shipment worse than first thought (June 28, 2013)

- Feds ignore Hanford tank advice for decades (Sept. 19, 2013)

- Hanford whistleblower: 'I was now the enemy' (Nov. 1, 2013)

- State blasts feds' response to Hanford leak (Jan. 16, 2014)

- State inspector: Feds 'consistently in denial' at Hanford (Feb. 13, 2014)

- Lawmaker: State a 'paper tiger' at Hanford (February 26, 2014)

- Leak in massive nuclear waste tank getting worse (March 6, 2014)

- Inslee: State not satisfied with latest Hanford cleanup plan (March 17, 2014)

- State to feds: 'We mean business' at Hanford (March 21, 2014)

- Inslee, Ferguson unveil tougher stance on Hanford (March 31, 2014)

Series Web Extras

- Hanford's Dirty Secrets: Resources and related documents

- Tank AY-102 leak timeline: 12 months between first signs and public announcement

Behind the scenes video blog

- How hot is Hanford's waste?

- How did KING 5 get started on its Hanford series?

 

- KING 5's Gary Chittim on why Hanford matters to Puget Sound region

Hanford reporting by Gary Chittim

KING 5's environmental reporter has been covering the Hanford Site for years. Here are some of his recent stories, including his reports on the Tank 241-AY-102 leak:

- Radiation detected on Hanford waste shipment to contractor (June 25, 2013)

- Many questions, few answers about latest Hanford leak news (June 21, 2013)

- New DOE secretary promises Hanford cleanup plan by end of summer (June 19, 2013)

- EPA criticizes state over Hanford inspections (June 18, 2013)

- Feds warn state more Hanford cleanup deadlines at risk (June 7, 2013)

- Hanford waste moved across town with parade permit (May 16, 2013)

- GAO faults Dept. of Energy’s management of Hanford cleanup (May 9, 2013)

- Unsealed documents reveal serious violations by Hanford contractor (May 8, 2013)

- Dept. of Energy helps Hanford contractors fight whistleblowers (April 29, 2013)

- DOE responds to KING 5 exclusive on gas release at Hanford (April 5, 2013)

- Unexpected gas releases from Hanford tank (April 4, 2013)

- Inslee demands feds clean up nuclear waste from leaking Hanford tanks (Feb. 26, 2013)

- Hanford T-111 tank known as the 'leaker' (Feb. 15, 2013)

- DOE confirms leak inside Hanford waste tank (Oct. 22, 2012)

- Evidence grows that Hanford tank has inner wall leak (Oct. 11, 2012)

- DOE confirms 2nd leak at Hanford as state threatens legal action (Aug. 31, 2012)

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