Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:25 AM
rsmith6621 (6,941 posts)
Tank leaking high-level radioactive waste at Hanford Washington State
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A tank that holds radioactive liquids is leaking at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday, raising concerns about the integrity of other storage facilities at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
The U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the nuclear reservation. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and creates a long-term threat that could impact groundwater or rivers.
"I am alarmed about this on many levels," Inslee said at a Friday afternoon news conference. "This raises concerns, not only about the existing leak ... but also concerning the integrity of the other single shell tanks of this age."
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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:32 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
3. so what else is new? i had a friend who worked as an operator there for years. there was always
"cleaning up" hanford is one of the biggest sources of grafty money out there, a task regularly rotated between military contractors.
i'm not sure what the contractors do, because nothing ever seems to get cleaner.