On a 65-acre site at the Hanford nuclear reservation, construction has been underway since 2002 on a $16.8 billion complex to transform 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical tank wastes into glass rods that then can be put in long-term storage. Some processing of liquid wastes is expected by 2022, and overall operations by 2036. (Courtesy of Bechtel National)
On a 65-acre site at the Hanford nuclear reservation, construction has been underway since 2002 on a $16.8 billion complex to transform 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical tank wastes into glass rods that then can be put in long-term storage. (Courtesy of Bechtel National)

Safety panel warns of trouble ahead at Hanford, but could lose role under Trump

Nuclear safety board report finds serious problems persist with a massive facility to help treat Hanford’s chemical and radioactive wastes. The report comes as the Trump administration considers a proposal to downsize or do away with the independent oversight board. Updated

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