Six underground nuclear waste tanks 'leaking' in USA

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Six underground nuclear waste tanks 'leaking' in USA

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21555902

Washington State nuclear waste tanks 'leaking'
The Columbia generating station - a nuclear power plant inside the Hanford site. Photo: 2011 Hanford is reportedly the most contaminated nuclear site in the US

Six underground storage tanks at a nuclear site in the US state of Washington are leaking, authorities say.Governor Jay Inslee described the situation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as "disturbing news".

But he stressed that there was no current risk to human health.

Nearly 200 ageing containers hold millions of litres of radioactive waste left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

"There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than five miles (8km) from the Columbia River," Mr Inslee said in a statement.

"But nonetheless this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians," he added.

Last week, a leak was reported in one of the storage tanks. Officials said it was leaking at a rate of up 300 gallons (1,136 litres) per year.

They said that monitoring that tests had not detected higher radiation levels near the tanks.

Established as part of the Manhattan Project in 1943, Hanford was home to the world's first full-scale plutonium production facility.

It was part of America's bid to build the world's first nuclear weapon during World War II.

The site produced the plutonium for the bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Production at Hanford continued until 1989.

Under a costly clean-up proposal, the waste will eventually be treated in a special plant. It will then be safely disposed of underground in stainless steel canisters.
Looks like Gov. Inslee has been drafted in to do some damage control.
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Under a costly clean-up proposal, the waste will eventually be treated in a special plant. It will then be safely disposed of underground in stainless steel canisters.
Treated in a 'special' plant. Gosh, that's certain to work then.
'Safely disposed of underground' = buried in hole.

As with the UK a lot of this stuff is still going to be dangerous for longer than the existing history of modern man yet somehow it's going to be safe?
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The governor said Chu told him that his department initially missed the other five leaking tanks because staff there did not adequately analyse data.

"This certainly raises serious questions about the integrity of all 149 single-shell tanks with radioactive liquid and sludge at Hanford," he said.

The energy department issued a brief statement acknowledging that six waste tanks were found to be leaking and adding that there was "no immediate public health risk".

Four of the tanks in question, including the two biggest of the group, are known to have leaked waste in the past as well, Suzanne Dahl, the tank waste treatment manager for the state Department of Ecology, told Reuters.

"It points to the age of the tanks and how there's going to be an increased probability of this happening in the future," she said. "When waste is in the tanks, it's manageable. Once it's out of the tanks and in the soil, it's much harder to manage it, remove it, and down the road you're adding to contamination in the groundwater that already exists."
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It came from a hole in the ground.....it's just the concentration that's changed.
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In which case it should be ok to stick your head in a bucket of water, it's only hydrogen and oxygen after all. :roll:
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Very droll!
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JavaScriptDonkey wrote:It came from a hole in the ground.....
A plutonium mine? Where's that then?
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Cheshire, next to the Hydrogen mine. Do keep up... :twisted:
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