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Nuclear waste tank leaking in Washington

One of the most contaminated waste sites in America is leaking
nuclear waste according to US officials. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation
stores material from the production of atomic weapons, in tanks which
have outlived their 20-year lifespan.

­The nuclear leak is the first confirmed case of this type since the
federal government’s introduction of a security program in 2005 to
dispose of content from exposed single-shell tanks.On Friday,
the US Department of Energy announced that one of Hanford ‘s 177
radioactive waste tanks is disposing up to 300 gallons per year. The
leaks have come from Tank T-111, built between 1943 and 1944, now
holding some 447,000 gallons of highly radioactive slurry left from
plutonium production of nuclear arms. “The tank was classified as an assumed leaker in 1979,” said the DOE. “In
February, 1995, interim stabili

Added: Feb-16-2013 Occurred On: Feb-16-2013
By: muckyduck
Regional News, Science and Technology
Tags: washington, nuclear, waste, leaking
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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