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uuhh? WTF? 53 million gallons of radioactive waste in question in washington state?

 
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As part of the biggest, costliest environmental cleanup project in the nation's history - disposing of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state - one thing was supposed to be sure: Waste stored in the sturdy, double-wall steel tanks that hold part of the toxic ooze wasn't going anywhere. But that reassurance has been thrown into question with the discovery of a 3-foot-long piece of radioactive material between the inner and outer steel walls of one of the storage tanks, prompting new worries at the troubled cleanup site. "We're taking it seriously, and we're doing an investigation so we can better understand what it is," Department of Energy spokeswoman Lori Gamache said. The discovery marks the first time material has been found outside the inner wall of one of the site's 28 double-shell tanks, thought to be relatively secure interim storage for the radioactive material generated when Hanford was one of the nation's major atomic production facilities. It opened in 1943 and began a gradual shutdown in 1964. Cleanup started in 1989. The $12.2-billion cleanup project eventually aims to turn most of the waste stored at Hanford into glass rods at a high-tech vitrification plant scheduled to be operational in 2019, assuming the formidable design and engineering hurdles can be overcome. In the meantime, plant engineers have been gathering waste stored in the facility's 149 aging, leaky single-wall storage tanks and redepositing them in the double0-shell tanks for safekeeping. Over the years, more than 1 million gallons of waste has leaked out of 67 single-wall tanks into the surrounding soil.

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1 million gallon? WTF?

Over the years, more than 1 million gallons of waste has leaked out of 67 single-wall tanks into the surrounding soil.
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But Carpenter, who has talked extensively with workers at Hanford and was briefed Tuesday by one of the Department of Energy's senior officials at the tank farm, said he believed the evidence was strong that there was a leak
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Re: uuhh? WTF? 53 million gallons of radioactive waste in question in washington state?
Strontium 90 was supposed to have hit the Columbia river like 10 years ago through the aquifer.
But, Fuck! A million gallons, that's some shit.

MY step father worked at Hanford doing phone work, had to crawl under a lot of buildings in the cobwebs and dust.

He has had a skin cancer removed from his wrist line and his neck line. No way to prove it was from Hanford though.

My uncle dug the tunnels for the storage facilities, said the put miles of tunnels filled with barrels of waste down there.
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Re: uuhh? WTF? 53 million gallons of radioactive waste in question in washington state?
Strontium 90 was supposed to have hit the Columbia river like 10 years ago through the aquifer.
But, Fuck! A million gallons, that's some shit.

MY step father worked at Hanford doing phone work, had to crawl under a lot of buildings in the cobwebs and dust.

He has had a skin cancer removed from his wrist line and his neck line. No way to prove it was from Hanford though.

My uncle dug the tunnels for the storage facilities, said the put miles of tunnels filled with barrels of waste down there.
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Re: uuhh? WTF? 53 million gallons of radioactive waste in question in washington state?
Hanford used to set off radiation alarms in the eighties every time one of those tanks burped a big gas bubble. Surprised the whole place doesn't glow in the dark. Some really nasty by-products from enrichment processes stored there.

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