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  • Accidental Wilderness

    Accidental Wilderness

    Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

  • Feds to Energy Department: Slow down

    Three federal judges, ruling in three environmentalist lawsuits, tell the Department of Energy that it has to be more careful with nuclear waste

  • Follow-up

    Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes now a national park; health screening program for former nuclear workers to expire; Forest Service didn’t break any laws with its Sierra Nevada PR campaign; rocket-burning begins at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot

  • Follow-up

    Judge puts stay on initiative to keep more nuclear waste from coming to Hanford Nuclear Reservation; Phoenix Mine expansion approved in Nevada; Western governors discuss reforming Endangered Species Act

  • Follow-up

    New Mexico joins states suing the Environmental Protection Agency for weakening the Clean Air Act; new cleanup schedule for Hanford Nuclear Reservation; court says wastewater from coalbed methane drilling is industrial waste; and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt be

  • Heard Around The West

    Seabiscuit moves to Colorado; black bear vs. David Letterman; Hanford’s radioactive wasp nests; Helen Thomas vs. Brigham Young University; BLM ranger Dick Godwin vs. desert junk and shot-up appliances

  • Racetrack

    Private-property rights group wants to overhaul Oregon’s land-use laws; Initiative 297 in Washington would prohibit Hanford Nuclear Reservation from accepting more waste; Fish and Wildlife Service opens more refuges to hunting and fishing

  • Remembering our atomic past

    Proposed museums at Hanford’s B Reactor in Washington and Rocky Flats in Colorado would teach Westerners about the scientific triumphs – and the human tragedies – of the region’s nuclear history.

  • Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults

    Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults

    Brian Sherrod, a government paleoseismologist, believes cities and infrastructure in eastern Washington may be far more earthquake-prone than previously realized.

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