RICHLAND, Wash. - The
Hanford Nuclear Reservation is famously home to 53 million gallons of
radioactive sludge. But over it's long history, the site has also
collected scads of work materials, lab supplies and clothing that are
also contaminated. Now, federal and state officials have agreed on a
new set of deadlines for cleaning up that tricky waste. [Correspondent
Anna King reports.]
PORTLAND – There's a
sleeping giant in the Pacific Northwest that could wake very soon and
shake us all up. That giant is a major quake on par with the one that
rattled Chile earlier this year. Some seismologists say it's overdue.
More than 500 of the world's leading earthquake experts are in Portland
this week for their annual conference. Correspondent Tom Banse dropped
by to find out when the next “Big One” might shake the region.
SALEM, Ore. – In
February, Oregon lawmakers voted to reign in a renewable energy tax
credit program. The incentives had turned out to be far more generous
than anyone intended. One of the new rules in place curbs the ability
of companies to receive multiple tax credits by simply breaking up a
larger project into several smaller ones. But that hasn't stopped at
least one major player in the renewable energy industry from making the
case for multiple versions of Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit.
[Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman looked into the issue.
RICHLAND, Wash. – The
Hanford Nuclear Reservation recently accepted another spent nuclear
reactor from the U.S. Navy. The reactors travel by barge from the naval
shipyard in Bremerton, along the Washington Coast and up the Columbia
River to Richland. It's a highly secretive operation. But in the
Tri-Cities, Washington, [Correspondent Anna King found] a nuclear
reactor arrives almost like a celebrity would.
A new nuclear power plant proposed near the Idaho-Oregon border cleared its first hurdle [today] Monday. But, groundbreaking is still years away because many more local and federal approvals are needed. [Correspondent Tom Banse reports.]
Oil refiner Tesoro
[tess-AR-oh] is investigating the deadly [early] Friday morning
explosion in Anacortes [Washington]. But the company does not yet have
an explanation for the incident. The blast at the oil refinery killed
four Tesoro workers and gravely injured three others. Senior Vice
President Lynn Westfall said in a press conference [this
afternoon]Friday that the explosion occurred near a heating and cooling