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Ecology posts demo permit for 2,000-gallon test bed, challenge possible
The Washington state Department of Ecology in June formally signed off on a Department of Energy plan to solidify into a concrete-like grout up to 2,000 gallons of low-level liquid radioactive waste from the Hanford Site. Filtering of cesium and other radionuclides, what DOE calls pretreatment, will happen onsite at the former plutonium production complex, grouting and final disposal will occur out of state, according to documents posted online. Ecology gave its blessing to the Test Bed Initiative Demonstration Project in a June 18 letter to DOE’s Hanford Site manager Brian Vance and Wesley Bryan, president of Washington River Protection Solutions, the Amentum-led contractor in charge of Hanford’s underground tanks…
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Hanford landlord appoints acting COO
Leidos-led Hanford Mission Integration Solutions, the contractor for roads, grounds and essential infrastructure-related chores at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, appointed Todd Synoground acting chief operations officer. Synoground, listed as senior vice president of infrastructure and site services on…
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Hanford guards ask federal court to force arbitration before HMIS labor pact ends
The security guard’s union at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state accuses Leidos-led Hanford Mission Integration Solutions in court papers of trying to run out the clock on the existing labor contract without first resolving an overtime…
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Newsom signs bill to boost PG&E’s Diablo Canyon life-extension loan
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) this week signed a bill that would give Pacific Gas & Electric $400 million more to keep the Diablo Canyon Power Plant open for the rest of the decade. Newsom signed the bill June 29, days…
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NNSA partners with Los Alamos in largest carbon-free energy procurement ever
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s largest ever carbon-pollution-free procurement would be a partnership with Los Alamos that aims to provide two Department of Energy labs in New Mexico with electricity from solar energy, the agency said Thursday. The project —…
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