Agency urges safety review at Hanford vit plant



RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — An independent nuclear safety agency is urging the Energy Department to take a closer look at the safety culture at the Hanford vitrification plant — the $12 billion facility being built to turn high-level radioactive waste into glass logs for long-term storage.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board sent the DOE a letter, made public Monday, urging the department to take another look at union grievances and review the way a whistleblower was handled.

The department says it takes the advice seriously and promotes a robust safety culture.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( ) vit plant workers were told Monday they would be surveyed to provide data for a nationwide review of the Energy Department’s safety culture.


Information from: Tri-City Herald,