Signs of another leak at Hanford nuclear site possible

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http://m.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-sci...cle/493103

EXCERPT: Just when DOE officials were thinking contractors had everything under control [...] another investigation. Seattle - This latest incident follows a tunnel collapse two weeks ago that sparked fears of a radiation leak at the site. Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the contractor working at the site, said a worker was removing a robotic device out of the space between the double walls of Tank AZ-101 on Thursday evening when the incident occurred. Workers immediately noticed a radiation monitoring device was detecting radiation levels three times higher than what was acceptable. Workers left the area immediately, said the company, which operates the storage tanks for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Contamination was found on the clothing of one of the workers. [...] The Department of Energy was quick to acknowledge the incident had occurred on Thursday evening but stopped short of saying whether DOE officials would actually investigate the incident....
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(May 21, 2017 03:33 AM)C C Wrote: http://m.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-sci...cle/493103

EXCERPT: Just when DOE officials were thinking contractors had everything under control [...] another investigation. Seattle - This latest incident follows a tunnel collapse two weeks ago that sparked fears of a radiation leak at the site. Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the contractor working at the site, said a worker was removing a robotic device out of the space between the double walls of Tank AZ-101 on Thursday evening when the incident occurred. Workers immediately noticed a radiation monitoring device was detecting radiation levels three times higher than what was acceptable. Workers left the area immediately, said the company, which operates the storage tanks for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Contamination was found on the clothing of one of the workers. [...] The Department of Energy was quick to acknowledge the incident had occurred on Thursday evening but stopped short of saying whether DOE officials would actually investigate the incident....

whos waste is it and why are they not paying for it instead of the working class tax payer ?
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(May 22, 2017 07:43 PM)RainbowUnicorn Wrote: whos waste is it and why are they not paying for it instead of the working class tax payer ?


The Hanford facilities produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project and military's nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Everything and everybody downriver of it (Columbia River) has been besieged with radioactive contamination for decades. There are millions of gallons of stored waste, tons of solid waste, and hundreds of kilometers of fouled groundwater. The reactors were variously closed down during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. But the waste is still there with an array of leakage problems.

Whereas 3-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima received immediate and worldwide attention... The nightmare at Hanford has been gradually transpiring over time and been confined to only sporadic outbreaks of attention. People actually once swam in the warm waters resulting from the reactors. Needless to say, don't eat any farm animal meat originating there or salmon that traveled through the Columbia River; Native American tribes with a tradition of dependency on fishing still suffer from a scourge of cancer. (The famous 3-eyed fish once sported in early Simpson cartoon episodes probably stemmed from the '60s report of the Yakama tribe catching a three-eyed salmon; trout also had cancerous sores; "lambs were born without eyes or mouths. Some had legs that had grotesquely grown together; others had no legs at all".)

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