Governor alarmed about leak at most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. — “You couldn’t find a more perfect radioactive storm” (VIDEO)

Published: February 16th, 2013 at 4:16 am ET
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Title: Hanford Nuclear Tank in Wash. Is Leaking Liquids
Source: Associated Press
Author: By SHANNON DININNY and MIKE BAKER
Date: February 16, 2013

“You couldn’t find a more perfect radioactive storm … I am alarmed about this on many levels. This raises concerns, not only about the existing leak … but also concerning the integrity of the other single shell tanks of this age.” -Gov. Jay Inslee

The long-delayed cleanup of the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the site.

[...] Inslee said the tank is the first to have been documented to be losing liquids since all Hanford tanks were stabilized in 2005. His staff said the federal government is working to assess other tanks. [...]

“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.” [...]

See also: NPR: Newly leaked report warns plutonium levels at Hanford may be much higher than claimed -- "The Columbia River is at stake, all of that area and its vitality" says Washington Governor

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39 comments to Governor alarmed about leak at most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. — “You couldn’t find a more perfect radioactive storm” (VIDEO)

  • We Not They Finally

    It's the grisly norm that everything gets covered up until it's too late, and even then, there is nothing effective to do about it. But we should try. And warn people. And get people OUT of outright unsafe areas. But when rivers and aquifers get polluted, there goes the very basis of people's lives. Most people don't know it, but the worst nuclear accident in the U.S. was not Three Mile Island at all — it was the experimental Rocketdyne sodium reactor at the Santa Susana labs northwest of L.A. It was 240 times WORSE than TMI at the time, and is still HIGHLY contaminated to this day. (see enviroreporter.com) But it was all the way back in 1959 and no one could possibly blow the whistle on…. well, on the DEFENSE inductry. So-called "peaceful nuclear power" has ALWAYS been in the pocket of the defense industry. But this news about Hanford is upsetting nevertheless of course.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Instead of saying "leaking" (as is always said), why don't we start saying "spewing" or "poisoning"? It was the wrong word to start with, to minimize deadly hazards. Incidentally, plutonium, the most deadly substance known to man, was CREATED by man. It's a man-made ultra-deadly toxin, all of nine pounds of which, if spread across the world evenly in the form of dust, would kill off every man, woman and child. But this is MAN-MADE, and with TONS of it "stored" unsafely across the world. There was no "plutonium" before the splitting of the atom, and every immoral demonic use that has been made of it ever since.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    They … our beloved nuclear scientists and proud, patriotic nuclear generals, and our preening, self-important, pro-nuclear politicians, and our wealthy, well-coddled, nuclear business elite … … THEY have no answers … only to lie and deceive and cover up …

    Have you heard anything about their failed reactor designs from all-American, innovative General Electric???

    Anything at all??

    No … because they have nothing to say …. they love us, so they don't even have to say, "Sorry, lads …"

    Piss poor excuse for Americans, for people, for animals … one and all …

    Keep watching fat people cry on tv; or eccentric, hopeful youths croon and cry on tv, or testosterone-infused behemoths romp and cry on tv … pay no attention to the fat little bald guy behind the curtain (whose name is GE, Hitachi, Westinghouse or whatever) …

    move along now people … there is nothing here for you to see …

    there is no danger to the public health … go back to your hovels and turn on the propaganda machine …

    Josef Goebbels is in charge here, and he is loving life …

    peace …


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    • VanneV anne

      “The commercial risk of the company's business in Asia may be too high for a company owned by taxpayers. Moreover, if Westinghouse won the bid for any new nuclear stations in a UK competition, questions may be raised of favoritism, but if it lost, it may be seen as a lack of faith in its own Westinghouse technology. Finally, the record of UK governments building nuclear plants had been a commercial disaster.[12]
      “The acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company for $5.4 billion was completed on October 16, 2006, with Toshiba obtaining a 77% share and partners The Shaw Group a 20% share and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. a 3% share.[13] On 13 August 2007 Toshiba sold 10% to Kazatomprom, the national uranium company for the Republic of Kazakhstan, for US$540 million. …”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westinghouse_Electric_Company#Sale_to_Toshiba


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    • VanneV anne

      It is disinformation not to document that the Japanese and others have taken over the US nuclear companies and US media and uranium mining and fracking in the US. The US politicians have lined their own pockets by allowing the selling of US resources to foreign companies. The US politicians close to 100% are not protecting the US citizens and have no regard for the lives of US citizens. The Chinese have 1000s of enclaves in the US which are Chinese run and are not answerable to the US government in any way. Selling off our land and our natural resources and control of our government…

      You have to hold these countries responsible for the destruction of the world, not the US people who don't know what is happening because the media is all controlled by foreign powers, most of whom are not even democracies. Globalization is in the process of destroying all life on the earth forever.


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      • nedlifromvermont

        okay I'll go with that conclusion … but wasn't it the U.S. which pushed this whole thing (along with British, French and Russian efforts), commercialization of nuclear power, with the 'Bandwagon for Light Water Reactors' started by GE at Oyster Creek, with the fixed cost and the loss leader effect … to give you the razor but sell you the blades concept … GE is still big in nuclear fuels … and that is the area of the original sin … the enrichment process … and then come the daughter isotopes … oh my God (apologies to Richard)… the daughter isotopes …

        but yeah … now the Yakuza run nuclear power in Japan and US nuclear operators are not much better than organized crime themselves … so it's not a good situation … Genie is out of the bottle and the Iran debate is a silly sideshow …

        LET'S


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  • markww markww

    NOW HERE IS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

    Lets says this radioactive material goes into the water SHEDS and what about THIS in conjunction

    http://m.guardiannews.com/environment/2013/feb/16/fracking-obama-climate-change-goals

    FRACKING CAUSES EARTHQUAKES AND THE MATERIALS IN FRACKING FLUIDS GET INTO THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY. And then the radioactive materials contaminate all water supplies underground in America. READ THE FRACKING ARTICLE

    Markww


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  • markww markww

    If the GOVERNMENT says there is NO PROBLEM with the LEAK HOW COME EVERYONE IN THE VIDEO IS SUITED UP .

    DOUBLE STANDARD ONE FOR THEM ONE FOR US

    BEING IN BIO SUITS SHOWS ME THERE IS DANGER WILL ROBINSON

    MARKWW


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    No Solutions For Nuclear Disasters Or Nuclear Waste; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/no-solutions-for-nuclear-disasters.html

    What Happens To Nuclear Waste In Your Country? via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-happens-to-nuclear-waste-in-your.html


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  • $$ BILLIONS! from article:

    Cleanup will cost BILLIONS of dollars and last decades.

    Plutonium production continued there through the Cold War. Today, Hanford is the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.

    In addition, construction of a $12.3 BILLION plant to convert the waste to a safe, stable form is years behind schedule and BILLIONS of dollars over budget. ( safe/stable ?)

    Highly toxic, radioactive stew… threatening the groundwater and the neighboring (beautiful) Columbia River.

    Why does it seem that anything related to the Nuclear Industry costs BILLIONS and never appears to end?

    Even their PR (propaganda) campaign, the one that attempts to brainwash people into accepting the RISKS of radiation. That's probably costing them BILLIONS too.

    WHAT IF… all of those billions upon billions of dollars had been spent on alternative energy sources and increasing efficiency?

    The answer seems crystal clear to me.

    IMO – The USA could be a true world leader in energy and we have have a lot less radioactive waste. Instead we are trying to figure out whether our tuna sandwich is contaminated and if our children are even going to have a future free of the fear from radiation induced illnesses.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The total cost of cleaning up Hanford will run into the hundreds of billions of dollars:

      http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-913

      Love this part:

      "Specifically, the cost of removing the last 15 percent of waste can equal or exceed the cost of removing the first 85 percent."

      If that is true for all nuclear hazwaste sites, which is what every nuclear site is, this will run into the tens of trillions of dollars. No NPP site in this country has the finances to clean up their waste or decommission their facilities. It will all end up on the taxpayer's back. And the last 15% may cost the most???


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    • VanneV anne

      I read that they haven't yet figured out how to clean up the Hanford nuclear site. They haven't yet cleaned up the plutonium at Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site even though it has been closed for decades. The nuclear industry has no solutions for clean up. They will never clean up any of the nuclear waste sites around the world.

      And Bill Gates wants 2,000 new nuclear sites around the US alone. And the US is complicit with his desires and plans. This is because he will produce them in China, and Communist China holds all the debt notes for the US. Every time they borrowed money from China and sent US production to China, allowed tax breaks to companies for sending jobs overseas they were selling off our country to a Communist country which has no human rights.

      It isn't enough that they have destroyed so much of the earth forever. They have to completely destroy it.

      Is there any way to stop this insanity? Will rational arguments ever make any head way with the nucleocrats in power? Do they care so little for their own children? The burden placed on their children will be nothing but starvation, pain, sorrow, and death.


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  • February 16, 2013
    Inslee proclaims no tolerance for Hanford leaks
    Authorities have discovered a new leak among single-shell tanks for nuclear waste storage.

    http://crosscut.com/2013/02/16/hanford/112990/inslee-proclaims-no-tolerance-hanford-leaks/

    "A few hundred gallons of highly radioactive wastes have leaked anew from an underground single-shell tank at Hanford.

    That's a mere drop compared to the 1 million gallons that have leaked in the past 30 years.

    In terms of danger, this leak is negligible. But it's a "canary in the coal mine" clue that a new environmental problem may be popping up at Hanford — rainwater seeping into old single-shell waste tanks, getting contaminated, and then leaking back into the soil.

    This is the first new leak from a single-shell tank since 1995. State officals are worried that other new, yet-undiscovered leaks could be in other single-shell tanks. The big mystery is that almost all the fluids were pumped out of this tank, also in 1995.

    "Washingotn state has zero tolerance on radioactive leaks," said Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday afternoon. He plans to meet soon with U.S .Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to discuss fix-it measures."

    [more ...]


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  • ftlt

    Hanford has long been our worst problem…

    The clean up there is a cash cow…

    The lies the lies


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Suffering from cancer is the result of nuclear testing, leaks, accidents, and disasters.


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  • yogda yogda

    Yes The Columbia river is the most contaminated in the world thanks to Hanford. I live on it's bank.
    You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at it's pristine appearance.

    Hanford has been leaking for YEARS… Large communities get their water from the Columbia.

    Thankfully Trojan NPP has been shut down… I plan on leaving this area when I can afford it…


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  • yogda yogda

    Jay Inslee is a relative of my S/O.
    She's his aunt.

    He is a prick. That is all.


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  • owlafaye

    There is NOTHING about this in the 5 major news medias.

    They hope to keep you on the couch watching TV and at the computer trying to find nude pictures of Kim Kardashian.

    In the meantime they are very very effectively killing us for all time.


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  • natano natano

    @owlafaye
    Geewizz! I'm shocked, shocked that the liberal media isn't all up in arms about this! You would think all of the advertisers would have some clout and demand it. You know, like all those solar and wind powered companies that have all of that leverage. Or does GE have the leverage. hmmm that's right, i haven't seen much renewable advertising compared to the great products GE brings us like the Mark 1 reactors with the flexy head bolts that pop when you pressure them. And maybe GE owns NBC so that explains why mums the word on that station. You don't suppose all the major commercial media works together to manage the message do you? naahh. I'm sure we would have learned about that in school. May i recommend the book Media Monopoly by Ben Bagdikian. It will explain the sarcasm.


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  • We Not They Finally

    We understand the upset of one writer saying that one million gallons of radioactive water have "leaked" in the last 30 YEARS. But say, that happens from Fukushima in what? ONE DAY? It's all awful, all dreadful, no one can minimize anything, but facing reality, that's apparently something else.


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  • razzz razzz

    Handford cleanup and the polluting of the Colombia River has been going on for decades. They have no idea how to clean it up.

    Some say the Colombia River is the most radioactive river in the world. Workers from Hanford fishing and eating out of the river can't get past radiation scanners without setting them off when returning to site work.

    Glassification of radioactive waste left inside stainless steel containers is the latest modern fix, which is very expense to perform and Chernobyl is showing glassification doesn't withstand the test of time as radiation has a habit of breaking anything down.

    Bechtel Corp. is the latest in a revolving door of world class contractors always vying for cleanup fund money either for onsite work or R&D to discover a way to deal with the liquid wastes. Solids they seem to want to bury and forget about them.

    I don't think a nationally approved radiation waste depository is going to help Hanford either, it is moving radioactive waste from one point to another around the country while waiting centuries for safer half life levels. Besides the current onsite spent fuel storage problems around the country at NPPs waiting for a permanent safe storage home, that has to last for centuries.


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  • We Not They Finally

    67 years now and still counting since Hiroshima. With the anti-Christ, Plutonium, sitting at everyone's dinner table, eating up everyone's food, water, air, killing off life itself. Why are people looking for a big splashy Apocalypse? It's been sitting at all our dinner tables long since. By now, it's a ravenously overstuffed old man. God help humanity, because Man CANNOT clean this up. Let's all just be as well as we can, live as long and strong as we can, be as loving to others as we can. Stop-gap measures are still GOOD — it's the human thing to do. Education is always GOOD. Expose the criminal greed, insatiable lust for war, mountains of lies which fueled all this. We are just unclear how that will change the actual, real, measurable destruction of life.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Sorry, Anne. Americans are responsible for Americans. And greed and war lust from AMERICA has corrupted others internationally. Your xenophobia and misplaced chauvinism about the United States is actually disgustiong and painful to read.


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    • VanneV anne

      Your statement condemns every person on this planet including yourself. Truly a painful conclusion. I still think that there are individuals in every country that want peace and who are not greedy. I still believe that there are parents who love their children more than money. Hopefully they will someday rule the world.

      To pretend the US has never received unprovoked attacks from any other country is to ignore history. To pretend that your statement isn't warmongering against the US is extremely naive. The US is already controlled by foreign countries. The New World Order is run by megalomaniacs. To divide the world into enclaves is to ensure that the New World Order will continue to rule. It is your statement that is xenophobic.


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    • VanneV anne

      Americans don't support any wars, period. There is no military draft in the US since Vietnam, because Americans will not support the draft. Much of America's volunteer army is made up of foreign nationals who want to escape their own country, and secure US citizenship by joining the US military.


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    The story of Rocky Flats isn't much better than Hanford's. The plant made Plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons for over 20 years.

    Rocky Flats represents the first time that one federal agency, The Dept of Energy, was raided by another, The FBI.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Flats_Plant

    "Practices of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, Parts 1-3"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tkRFP7cUXA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl8EmQK5kow
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kot1THqBII

    Kirsten Iversen's stirring account of the Mother's Day 1969 fire. It was brought under control by two security guards, Bill Dennison and Stan Skinger. Listen to Kirsten and then imagine what it's like to fight Plutonium fires with fire hoses, of having your ventilation system ripped from your face in the midst of it all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWqJQY4GthE

    There was another fire at the facility in 2003, in addition to the 1957 Plutonium fire.


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    • VanneV anne

      There were fires every day at Rocky Flats. One of my son's friends had a father who worked at Rocky Flats. Any number of people have have health problems and genetic mutations due to living downwind from Rocky Flats. Any number of employees have died of cancer and other radiation poisoning health effects.


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      • VanneV anne

        Study: Rocky Flats area still as contaminated with plutonium as 40 years ago
        Boulder's Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hires contractor to test soil for plutonium
        http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_19995436


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        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          Hi Anne – thans for all u do. FYI – I replaced a complex roofing system on the Rocky Flats Lounge about 3 years ago. The Rocky Flats Lounge is a bar that is right across the street from the old exit and entrance to the Rocky Flats Plutonium Processing center. The bar owner told me that the place across the street was the place that made all the triggers for all our nuclear bombs. At the time I thought wow, thats pretty cool. Man what a rude awakening now that I know what I know about Rocky Flats. Never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that the triggr for a nuclear bomb was a hocky puck size chunk of plutonium (the deadliest element known to mankind) with horrible radiation exposure consequences. I have to try and go to sleep every night, knowing that I exposed my roofing crew members that did the actual tear off of that old roofing system to god knows what kind of plutonium fallout was on that roof. They came up with some odd number pounds of missing plutonium after the FBI raided the place and did an inventory. A few pounds of dust was recovered in the ventilation system tubing and piping in dust form. The rest is assumed to be escaped through the exhaust venting and open toxic waste ponds that got direct runnoff from the plant. I don't know of to many US government weapons manufacturing plants that were ever raided by themselves (FBI). One of the main FBI invesigators left the FBI and let the cat out of the bag on many many coverups there.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    And to think, this is only a fraction of the waste waiting to be dealt with in the US alone. Savannah River Site has had these problems for years. I have many close family, in Columbia South Carolina (very close to the SRS site – incase you don't know ,its where we complete the fabrication of the worlds nastiest nuclear weapons and active MOX processing plant) ALL sick, neighbors and friends dying, from the leakage into the rivers, water tables, and fallout from evap to cloud to rain back down on the community. GDMFin nuclear asswipe monsters will be the end of us all. What pisses me off the worst is the children of belarus in all those backwoods hospitals with their little throats cut from thyroid surgeries and the abandoned mutated children that have to drag theirselves across the floors to get anywhere. Japan is showing the exact same symptoms at a much faster pace. Dr. Helen Caldicott tells it like it is but NO ONE wants to listen. How bout all the 50 gallon drums of highly radioactive waste that has been dumped into the oceans for 20 to 30 years in the late 1900s. Now rusting and rusted open releasing all that sheeeeet. Top it all off with a good dose of 2 years worth of FUKUFUKKUUFUKKUUSHIMA spewing into the jetstream and with no end in sight of that. What have we left for the next generation to deal with??? All that fun and haven't even mentioned the pacific ocean fuku rads, bp macando, and the infamous louisianna stinkhole or as I affectionally call it FUKUCORNE…


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    And then, there is Paducah Kentucky.

    Imagine sitting on post in a chair in the gatehouse for roughly two decades, then finding out the chair which had been there for rougly 30 years was one of the hottest objects ever measured at the facility.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdrx617SyEU


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