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New leak discovered at Hanford
[link to www.spokesman.com]


OLYMPIA — A new leak has been discovered in a nuclear waste storage tank at Hanford, federal authorities told state officials Friday.

Gov. Jay Inslee, in a hastily called news conference, said he was advised of the leak Friday morning by the U.S. Energy Department and vowed to take legal action if necessary to force the federal government to clean it up and continue with other work at the Central Washington nuclear reservation, where millions of gallons of Cold War nuclear waste are buried in decaying tanks.

The single-walled tank, designated as T-111, has about 447,000 gallons of highly toxic transuranic waste, mostly sludge. It is leaking at a rate of about 150 to 300 gallons a year, a rate that is hard to detect. Most of the liquid was pumped out of the tank in the 1990s, and it was considered “stable” in 1995, Keith Phillips, the governor’s energy policy adviser, said. But water flowing through the porous soil is apparently entering the tank and some waste flowing out. No one knows how long the leak has been occurring.
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