The 100-D Area on the Hanford site overlooks the Columbia River and the White Bluffs, an area raised by plate tectonics and further shaped by ice age flood deposits within what is now the Hanford Reach National Monument. The geography of Hanford and Central Washington is due to millions of years of lava flows, ice age floods, tectonic activity and wind. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Energy)

Geologist: Hanford was the right site for the Manhattan Project

Long before the 580-acre Hanford site became a recognizable nuclear reservation and beating heart of the Manhattan Project, a unique...

New Hanford role in 2021 sets up site for a safe and secure 2022

Like many others have experienced, 2021 brought challenges and changes for Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS). With every challenge comes...

HPMC works to improve, protect worker health at Hanford

HPMC Occupational Medical Services (OMS) is managed by HPM Corporation, a local, woman-owned business that provides specialized services to federal...

HLMI provides analytical services to support cleanup mission

April 15, 2021, marked the official start of work for Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration LLC (HLMI) as a new...

Hanford begins transition into full operations mode

Our annual section on the work being done to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation north of Richland provides updates...
Extensions related to Covid-19 bumped the startup of Hanford’s Low Activity Waste vitrification plant to March 2024, from Dec. 31, 2023. The scheduled startup of Hanford’s high-level waste treatment plant in 2033 has been kept intact. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

Covid-19 slowed but did not stop progress on Hanford cleanup

An act of God. Or, among lawyers, a force majeure. Many contracts have force majeure clauses to govern what happens...

Hanford plant is on cusp of melting waste after an eventful 2020

The Hanford site team has consistently supported our nation during unprecedented times and this year has been no different. The...
Local officials, including Washington’s congressional delegation, are working to ensure the new leaders in the executive branch understand the complex cleanup work that needs to continue at Hanford. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

What does a new administration mean for Hanford?

What does having a new president in office mean for Hanford? Specifically, what does it mean to have President Joe...

State’s new manager hopes to offer fresh look at Hanford’s challenging issues

As the new manager for the state of Washington’s Nuclear Waste Program, I appreciate the opportunity to reach out and...
Construction is complete on all facilities at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant needed to begin tank waste treatment via the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) program. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

You’ve heard about the vit plant, but do you know what it will do?

Every community has a local language, terms that are commonplace to locals but baffling to visitors. For the Tri-Cities, “vitrification”...

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