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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 stabilization was completed for this tank. In
order to achieve interim stabilization, the pumpable liquids were
removed in accordance with agreements with the State of Washington.”The governor of the state was outraged by the announcement.

"I am alarmed about this on many levels," Washington’s governor Jay Inslee said at a 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."Other tanks on the site are now been examined and currently there is “no immediate public health risk,” the governor said.


Six
TRUPACT transport containers sit outside the Waste Receiving and
Processing facility (WARP) on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, near
Richland, Washington (Jeff T. Green / Getty Images / AFP)Established
in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the nuclear race, Hanford
became the site of the first full-scale plutonium reactor in the world.
Atomic material produced there was used in the Nagasaki bomb in 1945.An
estimated 1 million gallons of waste, leaked from the site over 70
years, threatens the local environment of the Columbia River.“We will not tolerate any leaks of this material to the environment,” Inslee said.

The
US Department of Energy is trying to deal with the problem by
transferring the waste from 149 potentially unsafe single wall tanks to
28 double-wall units, but space is running out. More than 60 of the
tanks are thought to have leaked over time. Erection of an estimated $12
billion plant is running behind schedule and billions of dollars over
budget. The plant is designed to turn radioactive waste into glass logs
through a vitrification process.People on the ground in Hanford constantly bring up the safety issues,

"We're out of time, obviously. These tanks are starting to fail now," said Tom Carpenter of the Hanford watchdog group Hanford Challenge. "We've got a problem. This is big."


55-gallon
drums containing transuranic (TRU) waste are prepared for shipment at
the Waste Receiving and Processing facility (WARP) on the Hanford
Nuclear Reservation, near Richland, Washington (Jeff T. Green / Getty
Images / AFP)Washington State has signed an agreement
with the first Bush Administration under which the federal government
commits to clean up its radioactive mess. Inslee said that federal
government needs to come up with funding to deal with the leaking tank.But
planned sequestration in two weeks’ time might cut spending in all
federal agencies, unless stopped by the Congress, Inslee noted, which
could result in layoffs at Hanford, and “could conceivably stop the remediation effort at some of these tanks.”The
combination of the deteriorating state of the storage units and
sequestration are a recipe for “perfect a radioactive storm,” said
Inslee.According to the Seattle Times, around 10 percent of the 586-square-mile facility is contaminated.

Materials
including tritium, chromium nitrate and strontium-90 have penetrated
the river, according to the state Department of Ecology. But no unsafe
levels have been found in farm crops in the region according to the
department.from RT


Added: Feb-16-2013 Occurred On: Feb-16-2013
By: muckyduck
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  • But the fuckers will arrest you if YOU spill oil in your driveway!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hey guys, I'm new here. How do you rate a comment up or down?

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  • Thats not nuclear waste, thats Obamas sewage.

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    • @SatampraZeiros No, that's George W Bush's dick that you sucked twice

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    • @h0lla Nah hes as gay as Obama, they probably sucked each other off and took a shit in Michelles twat, then she douched and thats all the aids that came out.

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  • Don't worry, I'm sure the federal government will get health care right...

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  • Hey - In China, they don't bother with any of that "remediation" crap. It costs too much money, and the locals will never know the difference, until it's far too late.

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  • WA is a libretarded dumpster, welfare flows and safe haven status is granted. I just call it California North.

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    • @Zardoz003
      Theoretically that would make you an actual troll, with bad teeth and a lazy eye? Fuckin mo.

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    • @Mullet You should probably just keep your reasonable opinions to yourself, if you don't want Zardoz to call you names.

      It's all he's ever been capable of.

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    • @ST0N3PONY

      Name calling is easy, talking a steady stream of shit is for the seasoned veteran.

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  • fuck. that place is a mess from what i hear.

    stop with the outrage and get to fucking work! FIX IT.

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  • I did a family reunion there! The people there glow in the dark! You wanna talk about cover-ups this is a very big one, the place is on the Columbia River!

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  • Cover up on cover up on top of another cover up.

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  • Everything I read about Hanford suggests its a disaster. Endless reports of leaking tanks and contaminated groundwater. The problem is that the weapons have been built, the reactors run, and this is the detritus from that process. No one wants to spend money or be involved with waste management exercises. Its not glamorous or interesting, you cant invoke national pride and there are no votes in it.
    Seriously, this is waste from 1943 and its still in a single walled tank? I like the term 'inter More..

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  • yeah because it's a mistake that it's leaking out

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  • Didn't the Liberals just close down the new storage facility that was suposed to fix this?

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    • @Zardoz003 the minority always seem to get their was as they bitch the loudest. It seems the politicians are afraid of them throwing a tantrum

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    • @Zardoz003 *derp*
      Good luck fighting for more smog and more dammed rivers Zardoz. Maybe fight for some clear-cutting to plant some retarded ugly wind-mills.

      I said *derp* already right?

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    • @Zardoz003 I'm sure that passes for an argument in your special-ed class anyway.

      Typical libtard has no clue why nuclear power is a bad thing. Completely oblivious simpletons being lead by the nose.

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    • @Zardoz003 Considering that it was a federal government project, the answer is obvious.

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  • It's Washington State. Not Washington DC.

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  • I think the government wants everyone out of that area. Story about radioactive waste would do it me thinks.

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  • Nuclear Toxic Waste Spill = muslim ready jobs.

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  • Give it a moment.
    Stonepony and it's kind will be on any minute telling us all those who think nuclear power IS A BAD IDEA are over reacting and everything's fine, just fine.... the corporations know what they're doing, sleep, go back to your favorite TV shows, your government cares about you, big brother's got everything under control... back to sleep, that's it, back to sleep....

    :/

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    • @michael567 Said the tard who prefers that hundreds of thousands of people die from breathing smog. Nobody in America has ever been injured by nuclear power. Just as nobody will be impacted by this. Hence "no immediate health risk". But you go ahead and respond with your silly retarded conspiracy theories though.

      Anti-nuclear energy is just one of the easier ways for eco fanatics to manipulate ignorant impressionable simpletons.

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    • @michael567 Have you ever heard of Thorium reactors?

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    • @ST0N3PONY.. You need to go up there and live for a while!

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      good point! Heres a link http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d5d_1271494182nk

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    • @One Punch I do live here dipshit. I drive by the place all the time. This is the cleanest region in America. Cleanest air in the world, outside of places like the North Pole. Cleanest water in the world. Crater lake holds the record for the clearest lake on Earth.

      They ripped the Trojan nuclear plant down here, but, while it was active it generated 12% of the entire state's electricity. And that nuclear reactor saved lives. People die from smog, which is what you're stupidly fighting for.

      More..

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  • No one cares. Post a video or STFU

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  • from RT. Nothing but nonsense from Putin's propaganda outlet.

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