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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:19 AM

Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington

I'm not a Washingtonian but I saw this article and thought it might be of interest here.



(CNN) -- A tank storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is leaking liquids to the tune of 150 to 300 gallons per year, the governor said Friday.

"This is an extremely toxic substance, and we have to have a zero-tolerance policy for leaks of radioactive material into the ground and potentially groundwater of the state of Washington," Gov. Jay Inslee said.

He stressed that the leak poses no immediate public heath risk but said that fact should not be an excuse for complacence.



http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/us/washington-tank-leak/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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Reply Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington (Original post)
A Little Weird Feb 2013 OP
elleng Feb 2013 #1
gateley Feb 2013 #6
elleng Feb 2013 #8
tavalon Feb 2013 #11
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #2
Ed Suspicious Feb 2013 #4
gateley Feb 2013 #5
Ed Suspicious Feb 2013 #7
tavalon Feb 2013 #10
Ed Suspicious Feb 2013 #12
tavalon Feb 2013 #17
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #18
Kennah Feb 2013 #3
tavalon Feb 2013 #9
AndyTiedye Feb 2013 #13
CabalPowered Feb 2013 #15
newfie11 Feb 2013 #14
bahrbearian Feb 2013 #16

Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:28 AM

1. 'an extremely toxic substance'

'zero-tolerance policy for leaks of radioactive material'
'leak poses no immediate public heath risk'

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:03 AM

6. Inslee is a good guy, and I'm not sure he truly believes that -- or

maybe the Radioactive Experts have convinced him that's the case.

He was my Congressman and I don't recall if he was pro or anti-nuclear energy, but my sense is I agreed with him (or he agreed with me ) on most issues.

Even if he's not as rabidly against nuclear as I am, I'm fairly confident he knows how serious this really is.

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Response to gateley (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:25 AM

8. Good. Glad you trust him, gate.

Hanford's been a mess for as long as I can remember.

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:35 AM

11. Inslee is a great guy

Hanford is an atrocity and has been for decades.

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Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:38 AM

2. Hanford has been leaking nuclear waste for decades.

This isn't even news, lol.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:47 AM

4. Are you suggesting we not talk about it then? I never know how to take the

"This isn't eve news. lol." type of comments.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:59 AM

5. I hardly think that was the suggestion. But here, it's NOT news. Hanford

has leaked TONS of waste into the surrounding countryside and the Columbia River. It's horrifying and outrageous.

I worked with a woman who used to be employed there and she had the attitude "whenever they want more money, they find a leak". Really a cavalier attitude. I thought of her when I heard this story and wondered if her cancer had appeared yet. Seriously, I know of entire families who lived in the area who died from cancer.

I'm glad Inslee is all over this -- I'm so grateful he's our new Governor.

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Response to gateley (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:10 AM

7. Good god. nt

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:34 AM

10. Hanford is a toxic waste dump and is murdering so many people, and everyone here knows it

That's why it isn't news. It's bad news as all news out of Hanford is.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:51 AM

12. I picked this up in the latest threads. I didn't realize this was a localized group. I gotcha now.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:11 AM

17. We aren't bitching about you reporting this

We're bitching about this site continuing to exist in any way, shape or murdering form. Perhaps it felt like killing the messenger. Sorry.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:35 AM

18. No, I'm not suggesting any such thing. It's just been a

known problem for decades. When it gets reported as some breathtaking new development I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:45 AM

3. Pay no attention to the 4 headed fish

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Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:30 AM

9. Well, fuck us again

Hanford, if it isn't a superfund site, it should be. Egads.

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Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:07 AM

13. 70-Year-Old Single-Shell Tanks ?!?!???

Gas stations have to use double-shell tanks, and we see them being replaced quite often, but for NUCLEAR WASTE they're using single-shell tanks built in the 1940s?!?

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Response to AndyTiedye (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:21 AM

15. Yes, it's that bad

Actually, it's worse. Hanford, Idaho NL, Savannah River.. all facing the same situation. In Idaho, they used to bury 55 gallon drums of the stuff, in shallow pits out in the desert. They didn't have that luxury at Hanford, so they just built big tanks.

All of these sites have tons of waste that still need to be transferred to better containers for permanent storage. When they do get it transferred, it's then loaded onto unmarked trains and trucks to a final depository. There is no public notice and there is no escort. This has been happening for almost a decade. Where it goes depends on how hot the waste is.

In the 90's they started using a process called glassification, where they entomb the waste in glass. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for really hot waste. But it does work for the low-level stuff.

And all of these projects would take a hit if the sequester happens. They're already planning layoffs at INL.

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Response to A Little Weird (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:24 AM

14. Aah Hanford

I can imagine what's laying around in the soil there.

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