Emergency at US nuclear site after collapse — TV: “Fears of radioactive contamination” — Expert: “Could lead to considerable radiological release” — Multiple states activating Emergency Operations Center — Pilots told to avoid flying over area (VIDEOS)

Published: May 9th, 2017 at 6:36 pm ET


KING 5 News, May 9, 2017 (emphasis added): Hundreds of workers were told to take cover at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation after a tunnel full of highly contaminated materials collapsed… Officials say a collapsed patch of ground above the tunnel was larger than first believed. The U.S. Department of Energy said the collapse covered about 400 square feet instead of the 16 square feet first reported… A source said “take cover” status was expanded to the entire site at 10:35 a.m… Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the Department of Energy and The White House reached out to his office after the incident. “This is a serious situation… Our understanding is that the site went into immediate lockdown“…

USA TODAY, May 9, 2017: [A] manager sent a message to all personnel telling them to “secure ventilation in your building” and “refrain from eating or drinking.”… In the past, rail cars full of radioactive waste were driven into the tunnels and buried… Hanford’s emergency operations center was activated… long-time workers think it may be the first time it was opened for a possible radioactive release.

Yakima Herald, May 9, 2017: BREAKING… Several counties adjacent to the Hanford Site — Yakima, Walla Walla, Grant and Adams counties — participated in a mid-morning conference call with the state Emergency Operations Center, Yakima interim EOC director Tony Miller said.  “At this time, we’re monitoring the winds“… If there should be a release of contamination that goes beyond the boundaries of the Hanford site, it would mean that produce would not be allowed in or out of the affected area, Miller said. Milk and the dairies in the Valley could be affected as well…

Statesman Journal, May 9, 2017: Oregon activates emergency operation center after tunnel collapses at Hanford… ODOE officials are coordinating with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority and nuclear safety experts at Oregon State University, ODOE spokeswoman Rachel Wray said Tuesday morning. “Hanford is 35 miles away from Oregon,” Wray said. “We are concerned about Oregonians’ health and that concerns the food we eat.”

US Dept. of Energy: An alert was declared at the Hanford Site this morning… Later this morning, the alert was expanded to a Site Area Emergency. A Site Area Emergency is declared when the event is affecting or could potentially affect personnel beyond the facility boundary…

WA Emergency Mgmt:‏ State Emergency Operations Ctr activated for Hanford Site emergency

Tri-City Herald, May 9, 2017: Private pilots in the area have been told to avoid flying over Hanford. The Hanford Patrol is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to put a formal air restriction in place until the FAA can confirm there is no danger.

Fox News, May 9, 2017: “We need to understand whether there has been any environmental contamination resulting from the subsidence at these tunnels,” [Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.] said.

KHQ, May 9, 2017: Hanford tunnel collapse prompts fears of radioactive contamination

Washington Post, May 9, 2017: “It appears that this is a potentially serious event,” [Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists] said. “Collapse of the earth covering the tunnels could lead to a considerable radiological release.”

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Published: May 9th, 2017 at 6:36 pm ET


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Susannah Frame‏ · Chief Investigative Reporter KING Television

    Hanford update: Most employees expect to return to work tomorrow. 5 minutes ago

    The highly unusual site wide emergency has been SUSPENDED at Hanford.7 minutes ago

  • jec jec

    SimplyInfo posted there was a radiation leak..but no where is there details. which is why they are dumping TONS of earth on top of the hole..covers up the radiation. Of course..one side of tunnel was wood, not concrete..so likely wood rotted. And the floor is dirt. So using soil to keep dangerous radiation from escaping into environment? Where is that in the safety documentation?? And what if..the up river dam, failed..oh just great..even a little spill over..would get to this area.

    • Mack Mack

      >>Here's simplyinfo's article on Hanford:


      >>Also on Nuclear Hotseat's special broadcast on Hanford, Julie Wert of Radiation Watch found radiation spikes the day BEFORE the Hanford incident was announced.

      So maybe the incident happened even earlier than is being told??

      Julie Wert: “…I pulled the one from Hanford and its showing high spikes…the Gamma-5 radiation is from reactors; it's supposed to be centered for nuclear power so that's why I always pull the Gamma-5…a safe reading is way below 100…this is going way up over 300 so that indicates there is some releases going on”


      I recommend everyone listen to the special broadcast ^^^ on Hanford by Nuclear Hotseat (Libbe HaLevy). Libbe got great interviews on Hanford.

      • nyc

        Yes, the SimplyInfo piece is informative. But again, I've seen no suggestion as to when the collapse actually _occurred_ – only that it was _discovered_ on Tuesday (during "routine surveillance" of the area).

    • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

      Wanapum Dam is upstream from Hanford. It is one of the tallest dams is America. It had emergency rush repairs to repair a massive crack discovered by a worker. This was not long ago. ENENEWS.COM had articles about this. Wanapum Dam. There is a newly discovered fault zone there. If this dam fails it will wash vast amounts of nuke wastes downstream to Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Portland. DOE doesn't know how to clean up Hanford. They are just spending money to justify their bloated salaries. Hanford exemplifies the criminal insanity that is nuclear. The nuclear brainiacs know how to split atoms to creat WMDs but they have no clue how to safely secure or dispose of the death wastes they create by producing the WMDs and idiotic teapot reactors for energy production. It is so unbelievably shortsighted. Nuclear energy is just a front for nuclear weapons production. Reactors turn uranium into plutonium; for bombs. We don't need reactors except to cause mass death.
      Ban Reactors Forever

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    No radioactive material was released?
    So why is the stuff placed in a protective tunnel to begin with?
    Why don't they just open it up as a lemonade stand amusement park.
    (Believe me they would if they could.)
    It is buried for a reason ..radiation contamination.
    This says a lot about the slipshod way materials are handled at Hanford.
    This industry is in charge of making these materials safe from Human exposure for millions of years?
    How's that working?

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Well, it's kinda obvious that you basically have incompetent mafioso types managing that sort of crap. I mean, seriously, in that case, wouldn't you at least consider some lead and maybe even some silver?

      I mean, I'm no structural or civil engineer, but it would seem reasonable. Unlike say, just dumping radioactive waste into the mediterranean.

      KAK(bad in greek, shit in afrikaans)istoocrazy.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      I would love it if someone could question Batelle (since they basically got the contracts for hanford, pnnl, llnl, oak ridge, etc).

      Let's go there.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Your mention of the "amusement park" is interesting. Reminds me of catatonia and a playground of gold.

      The most radioactive site in south africa, as I've mentioned before, in the most uranium contaminated city in the world (johannesburg), pretty close to where I live, has in particular a very prominent nuclear/uranium/gold mining center, which is actually promoted as a tourist attraction.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus



        Randfontein owes its existence to gold. JCI was greatly involved with mining ventures around Randfontein. In the 1960s mining in the area came to a virtual standstill, but in the 1970s new gold deposits were discovered to the south of Randfontein and the Cooke Section was opened up in 1976. Cooke Section produced gold and uranium, the uranium being used for the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape."

        • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

          "Robinson Lake is situated between the Randfontein Golf Course and the suburb of Robin Park. The lake was a former recreational lake filled from water that has been pumped from the Robinson Deep gold mine. The lake has a pH of 2.6. Water has a natural uranium concentration of 0.0004 mg/l. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry considers a concentration of 0.07 mg/l safe to drink. Robinson Lake has a uranium concentration of 16 mg/l which is more than 220 times safe levels. This has resulted in Robinson Lake being declared a radioactive area and it is closed off to the public. The general consensus is that this has been caused by acid mine drainage, or AMD…."

          Uncle Intel info.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They threw dirt in the tunnel ..every one can now run back to their 'safe place' now and continue their denial.

    Nuclear Emergency at Hanford Nuclear Site Poses ‘Long-Term Threat’ For Salmon


    PS. Salmon are beautiful creatures and deserve so much better than abuse by Humans.

    • Mack Mack

      Yes and even as far back as 2002 a report found that 13 out of 15 fish downstream of Hanford were contaminated with Strontium90

      and the salmon breeding grounds were contaminated with chromium from Hanford.

  • Sol Man

    The U.S.A. was nuked, many, many times first, by us.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    So, taxpayers are paying French Areva to store nuclear fuel production related waste at Hanford (how do you clean it up at the cost of over 2 billion a year, whilst continuing to add waste to it?), taxpayers are paying Areva to clean up Hanford and Areva oversees all of these activities, including dumping wastewater and monitor their own activities? Dept of Ecology tells a public commenter (1 of 2) that Areva isn't involved with the clean-up before approving Areva's waste storage, when in fact, Areva is heavily involved? Folks, I decided to look into this Areva/Hanford thing when the recent tunnel collapse brought it to our attention. This was the first two hits. Less than a five minute search. I would like to know: What exactly is the money exchange going on here. Your tax dollars hard at work.


    Areva does not support any United States Department of Energy clean up projects at Hanford. Dec. 17, 2009 Department of Ecology

    Side note: Attachment A, page 3, What is POTW? (directly discharging wastewater there) And they are in charge of monitoring/testing their own waste/wastewater?

    As a pre-selected subcontractor to CHPRC, AREVA provides technical support for clean-up activities such as:
    Deactivation, decontamination, decommissioning, and demolition of nuclear facilities and processing…

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      canyons and closure of the Plutonium Finishing Plant;
      Cleaning up waste sites and treating contaminated groundwater;
      Stabilizing and disposition of hazardous wastes.

      The project began in October of 2008 and is ongoing.

      …(detailed Hanford clean-up activities and oversight ensues)…

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Over 170,000 hits for "areva contract DOE Hanford"
        …Working on some of the most challenging nuclear legacy facilities in the U.S., Atkins is involved in delivering a number of projects at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites around the country with its joint venture partners. The DOE has extended the Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) contract at the 586-square-mile Hanford Site for an additional two years. WRPS is owned by AECOM and Atkins, with AREVA as the primary subcontractor, and the project involves managing Hanford’s high-level waste and positioning it for treatment in the Waste Treatment Plant. Atkins was recently selected by the DOE, along with joint venture partners Westinghouse and Fluor, to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. The contract to the Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) joint venture is valued at USD 318M over a five-year period of performance beginning this year.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Areva to add $12 million facility to its Richland nuclear fuel plant
        Areva does some uranium recovery for other parties…
        It was awarded the first contract worldwide in late 2015 to produce nuclear fuel for small modular reactors, signing a contract with NuScale Power of Oregon.

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          Other parties? I see…

          On April 10, 2017, AREVA and KAZATOMPROM signed a major agreement to strengthen their long-standing cooperation in the uranium mining sector in Kazakhstan.

          …“It is symbolic that we sign the strategic agreement with our reliable partners in the year of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kazatomprom. A positive example of mutually beneficial cooperation is the successful implementation of joint projects in the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition, the provisions of the agreement correspond to the tasks set by the Head of State, N. Nazarbayev, to preserve leadership in the uranium mining market and to create a competitive nuclear company in the world", said Askar Zhumagaliyev.
          Created in 1996, the KATCO joint venture successfully produces uranium by the method of in-situ recovery at the Muyunkum deposit located in the South-Kazakhstan region. With its production activities, KATCO relies on the international experience and knowledge of AREVA and Kazatomprom, two leading uranium mining companies in the world.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


        The $7.1 billion Tank Operations Contract was awarded to a Washington Group International-EnergySolutions consortium (with Areva as a prime subcontractor) in May 2008 serves the principal mission of Hanford’s Office of River Protection (ORP). The $4.5 million Plateau Remediation Contract was awarded in June 2008 to CH2M HILL (with Areva, East Tennessee Materials and Fluor as major subcontractors). It serves many of the principal cleanup missions of Hanford’s Richland (RL) Office.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        An already cloudy future looks to be getting darker at the Mixed Oxide Fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site after results from a Fiscal Year 2016 evaluation were made public Tuesday morning…

        The MOX project was put into motion by a 2000 agreement between the U.S. and Russia for each nation to demilitarize 34 metric tons of plutonium; enough to create a combined 17,000 nuclear weapons. In early 2016, the Obama Administration made a large push to close the MOX project down. Neither the contractor nor the DOE could agree on how much the project cost or how near it was to completion.

        Figures from the contractor marked the facility about 70 percent complete, but the Energy Department said it was about 30 percent complete. Even the figures for total cost to completion varied by several billion dollars and total lifetime costs are estimated to be upwards of $50 billion. According to the evaluation report, some of that false and misleading information included completion percentage.
        “The over 70% physical completion figures reported by the contractor are patently false,” the report said.

        “This report card makes it clear that not only has CB&I AREVA MOX Services utterly failed in its construction performance but the company also has been actively misleading the government and the public about its chronic shortcomings.

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          This assessment confirms that the MOX project should be shut down and investigations into waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement and corruption must be ramped up,” Clements said.

          It is unclear how the incoming Secretary of Energy will handle the MOX facility under a Trump Administration that is already known to take measures to slash prices on expensive government projects. The nominee for Trump’s Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, has yet to be confirmed.

          Clements released a comprehensive 41-page report on MOX including documents compiled over several years about issues at the MOX facility.

          Clements presented the paper Tuesday at the Exchange Monitor’s Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Washington . In his report, Clements said, “The MOX project is doomed and is no longer viable and should be officially terminated by any means possible, including halting funding as well as removing CB&I AREVA MOX Services from the project.”

  • Once again, I'm just testing to see if I can still log in to this board; and once again I will resist going into a major rant (but believe me, that's coming).

    Instead, for anyone interested:

    Neko Case "Night Still Comes"

  • "I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done," he wrote. "In times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty and independence."

    ABC still promoting this false narrative on its front page

  • I have read about the Hanford catastrophe for years, but for some reason I thought the tunnels were deeper than 8 feet. Eight feet of dirt to cover tunnels filled with highly radioactive materials packed in rail cars because there is no solution to storing or eliminating the waste. Gee, what could go wrong?

  • freebywill

    A piep explosion was reported weeks go Pipe Explosion at Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant Site

    Posted: May 01, 2014 9:50 PM EST
    Updated: May 02, 2014 2:13 AM EST

    NEAR RICHLAND, WA – Hanford union workers tell NBC Right Now there was an explosion at the plutonium finishing plant cleanup site weeks ago, but the event wasn't shared with the public.

    [ this may put the event about mid April ]

    The Department of Energy provided NBC Right Now this statement:

    "The Department of Energy is overseeing the contractor's response and will continue to evaluate their investigation into the cause of the event and corrective actions."

    [ sorry, originally posted in wrong forum ]

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    …More than a billion dollars of President Obama’s Recovery Act monies have been spent to clean up SRS, yet it is more dangerous today than it was before the vast amounts were spent.

    Because radiation cannot be destroyed – simply isolated and contained – these monies are being spent for a comparatively very short term for which future generations will have to contend, much like the SRS workers are dealing with the Cold War legacy waste.

    More troubling, according to SRS veteran engineer William Lawless, is that like the Japanese reactors that failed and exploded after the earthquake in 2011, the tanks at SRS build up explosive hydrogen that present a constant danger of high level nuclear waste being released in a massive explosion at one or more of the tanks.

    The Atlanta Office of the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to oversee the clean-up at SRS as a designated Superfund site. But NNSA operates under the Atomic Energy Act that exempts it from EPA authority to stop it from increasing radioactive pollution at the site.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      EPA official Rob Pope and his colleagues are unable to stop NNSA from adding high-level radioactive waste to the leaking tanks at SRS that were supposed to be emptied, grouted and shuttered. “We have no operational authority because of the way the Atomic Energy Act is written. The ongoing operations are exempt from EPA oversight,” Pope said.

      In effect, SRS has oversight of itself. NNSA is responsible for all nuclear weapons activities. Created under the George W. Bush administration, NNSA controls about 85 percent of the entire DOE budget and can, in the name of national security, withstand any serious oversight.

      France’s Areva, the SRS MOX contractor, loaded MOX fuel into Reactor Number 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant the fall before the March 2011explosion. This reprocessed fuel complicates the already complex natural disaster responses. …

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      "More than a billion dollars of President Obama’s Recovery Act monies have been spent to clean up SRS, yet it is more dangerous today than it was before the vast amounts were spent."

      Same as Hanford. That's nuclear for ya- It just keeps going and going. Reminds me of the cyanobacteria blob.

      And ya got peeps like Areva profiting from making more mess, dumping it at the dumps, getting paid to clean it up, not cleaning it up, getting paid to oversee the whole thing and throw the workers downwind. All the while, hiding under the cloak of Hiroshima fallout.

      Do I blame Bush, Obama, Trump, Japan, France, Russia or the US? I'm so confused.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Jeez, this is playing out “Like the plot of a summer horror flick”.

    Hug your peeps.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    2014? Same story.

    Now, wait a minute. There was a pipe explosion "a few weeks ago" that was grossly underreported, but it could have exposed workers/environment to plutonium. There was a tunnel collapse, in which the inventory shows no plutonium or corrosive materials and it was front page news, this week. They didn't even wear protective gear or masks to fill it in and the emergency was suspended within about a day- but the gov't and regulators are yelling "Danger- we need more money." (The explosion is now making the news, however.)There was a strikingly similar pipe explosion in 2014- again, underreported.

    What gives?

  • razzz razzz

    Have they thrown a blue tarp over the hole in the ground yet? If it to dangerous, they can use an army of robots to spread out the tarp.

  • Mack Mack

    Just FYI, this is what Hanford released into the air from 1944-1972

    Iodine-131 – 739,000 curies
    Ruthenium-103 – 1,160 curies
    Ruthenium-106 – 388 curies
    Strontium-90 – 64.3 curies
    Plutonium-239 – 1.78 curies
    Cerium-144 – 3,770 curies

    This is what Hanford has released into the Columbia River 1941-1971

    Arsenic-76 – 2,500,000 curies
    Neptunium-239 – 6,300,000 curies
    Phosphorus-32 – 230,000 curies
    Sodium-24 – 12,000,000 curies
    Zinc-65 – 490,000 curies


  • Mack Mack

    Look at this

    In late January of 2017, demolition at Hanford was stopped because alarms went off and "radioactive contamination was detected on a rubble pile"


  • "Woke up, fell out of bed,
    Dragged a comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
    And looking up I noticed I was late.
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat
    Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
    Somebody spoke and I went into a dream"

    Jeff Beck – A Day In The Life (Live at Ronnie Scott's)…

    And the original (this is well worth watching)…

  • ocifferdave

    On the Hulu comedy show, Last Man on Earth, the last two episodes deal with the reality of no more people: mass nuclear meltdown across North America.


    You don't need an account to view. I just watch this episode last night and it made me think…perhaps the creators know their show is getting canceled so they threw this HUGE TRUTH BOMB.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Yuma, Arizona, and San Diego, California showing very high readings right now on NETC. 267 and 285 Gamma 600-800 range keV, respectively.

    As expected, per modeling at SFSU, Jet Stream Modeling, as of yesterday. The model showed some of the air mass near Richland would shuttle northward, then dip down through central Nevada and into Southern California today. Apparently this is happening.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    July, 2016, a Washington State District Attorney files suit to protect workers at Hanford. "Motion for Adjunctive Relief."


  • Mack Mack

    Oookay, so this is why the pro-nukes have been so quiet for months.

    They know they have this admin in their back pockets:

    "U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he will advocate for nuclear power as often and as strongly as he can"


    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      "They know they have this admin in their back pockets."


    • Isthmus

      Rick Perry the one that originally ok"d WIPP, and who was that Muslim that was head of WIPP that resigned shortly after the explosive release? And MAC A, If you don"t have a hangover today, then your suspect number 1 here.

      • He is probably still drunk or freshly drunk….he says "my line of work" yet he is here all the time, lol.

        Could definitely be an "operative"

        About the WIPP guy, who seemed totally unqualified for the position….


        Farok Hussein Shariff — ramped up deposits into the mine from 2 per week to 30 per week, and then blew the place up costing taxpayers over $2B (enough money to build enough solar to replace a nuclear power plant)

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        I don't have a hangover, hey, you consider me whatever. And yeah, I say "my line of work", notice I don't reference a job.

        • Isthmus

          If you can"t reference a job, then we can"t find our who you work for, your starting to smell like Hillary Clinton, we know, the one who went to Japan during our time of need, Wikileaks released her email saying go ahead and continue shipping the radioactive rice to US, we are not going to upset the stock market. Is that the motion you contribute to ? The Dark Side, that"s a hole that pulls everything into it from which there is no escape, the only protection you have is the quickness of your tongue, unlike a christen that has a spiritual light of protection around them. You can be emotionally hurt, is that why need a sedative of alcohol ?

  • New avatar, freshen up the place, lol

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    "I don't think that you can compare INL to Hanford; the patients that we see are completely different,” explains Angela Hays Carey, of Nuclear Care Partners. “The patients that we see at Hanford tend to be much sicker, have more exposure, and have the 22 known cancers that cluster around radiation, which isn't what we have seen from INL."

  • Cooter

    To those interested in Hanford, is Hanford Challenge. A group of people dedicated to disseminating the truth and actions about Hanford on a daily basis.

    Here is their archived reports from 2009 to Jan 2017:

    This is from May 2017 and addresses the tunnel:

  • Sol Man

    Remember, the night is always darkest before you get sucked into a black hole.

  • Cooter

    From the Hanford website:

    "There are four events that would cause an unmitigated exposure of at least 25 rem to a non-worker located 100 meters away: • An atmospheric dispersible event caused by a partial or complete failure of the PUREX structures. This would be a short acute ground release duration event without plume meander causing the following unmitigated exposures. Storage Tunnel No. 1 –58 rem; Storage Tunnel No. 2 –76 re; 202-A Building and systems –120 rem. • A fire in PUREX Tunnel #1 associated with its wooden structure could cause an unmitigated exposure of 70 rem. • A partial collapse of the 202-A building roof could cause a 25 rem exposure. • A fire in the N-Cell could cause an exposure of 25 rem because of the residual inventory in the gloveboxes, potential combustibles, and potential ignition from S&M operations."

    That explains why the folks at Hanford sent everyone home.

    • added to my article, great find. joust them with their own facts.


      Sheesh, I thought we just had to deal with pedophiles, now they got S&M operations going, lol

      • Cooter

        Will post my links to the above articles when my internet carrier gets their act together so I can use my computer. Or you can look through the 102 pdf files Hanford has produced.


      • Cooter

        That's 202 files with search words; "purex railroad tunnel 1,2." Would suggest expanding your search words also to see what you might catch.

        In these pdf files you'll find diagrams with concise dimensions, building materials, types of RR cars used and items contained in them in regards to tunnels 1 and 2.

        Happy hunting and Happy Mothers Day

        • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

          Won't direct my search (blank page). "purex railcar tunnel 1, 2, inventory" http://www.hanford.gov//pageAction.cfm/Search?q=purex%20tunnel%20railcar%201%2C%202%20inventory

          SO, if you go to say…the 101st result, is it still relevant to your search words?

          Care to post a pdf link or whatever?

          • Cooter

            Not sure what you need.

            Go to http://www.hanford.gov/
            type in purex railroad tunnel 1,2 in the top right "Hanford search" box. The spy glass does not work so you have to push return on your key board to load docs. They are sneaky.

            Also if you have more that one Hanford link open at any single time then; at the bottom of the search page (which lists 10 postings) will NOT let you choose 1 2 3 4 5 6… newer postings. Only one Hanford link at a time is allowed.

            HHD, SO, "if you go to say…the 101st result, is it still relevant to your search words?"

            Coot; I don't know but would assume that it's as relevant as the sites search engine is. When you type in Purex it will ask if you meant Pyrex.

            I haven't gotten past 40 posts with the search words;
            "Purex railcar tunnel 1,2".
            Never looked at inventory because in the fist 40 postings you will find a list of the inventory of the rail cars.

            Hope this helps.

            • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

              It's OK and thank you. They won't let me search (I tried your suggestions last night) but I did find a better source. It appears some wording has been scrubbed from the more recent PUREX tunnel documentation there, anyways. If you go to page 3 of this thread, you can see what I found. Happy mothers day, Cooter.

              • Cooter

                Thanks HHD,

                Century Link is up and running and will post the pdf's that I've found. Hanford.gov is a strange site. If you linger more than 30 minutes it starts getting weird. You have to go in, get out and repeat.

                Will post at the end of "newer posts".
                Keep up the good researching.

    • jec jec

      Guess they forgot about "PLUME WANDER' cause radiation leaked..see simplyinfo,

      It is unclear if anyone was exposed during this incident. No program to specifically test workers for exposure has been mentioned. Later reports showed a robot taking radiation readings near the tunnel and admissions that there was some contamination on site from the incident.

      at http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=16292

      so for PR they show workers with suits, and then DOE has them without..good material for their later lawsuits against DOE/Hanford..if they didnt sign away their rights….

      Can you sign away your rights for a death sentence??

      • jec jec

        You know, I have experience with this..both sister in law, brother in law..died at young ages after working at Hanford. Boy did they think they were rolling in dough when they were working! They had money! They died, heart issues and cancer. Not nice painless deaths for either of them..and so young..

    • Sol Man

      Wonder what distance their homes must be from the collapse in order to be "safe?"

  • jec jec

    What this does show..go to http://www.netc.com..and look at the daily SPIKES of radiation! HANFORD is VENTING to the open air..can someone make them confess? they must have CHEERED Fukushimas accident..it could cover up their crimes…I dont care if they math smooth the amounts dumped into the environment. The radiation counts..should be shown daily..without smoothing production to EPA..If EPA doesnt get it..they should.

    If I was to dump my WASTE tank from my sailboat..I WOULD BE IN JAIL..math smoothing..like one day in 30 and average it across..would not be allowed. We dont have a waste tank..we use a composting toliet because of the criminal charges we could face. Let Hanford and WIPP government employees face the same.

  • freebywill

    The state of Washington has mandated a full investigation into the cause of the collapse and the potential for more tunnel collapses at the site.

    Hanford collapse: State orders federal government to determine cause http://www.king5.com/news/local/hanford/work-begins-to-fill-hole-at-collapsed-hanford-tunnel/438451010

    [ look a new dog and pony circus coming to town. Gavels will bang, stern words will be spoken, fingers will be pointed. "We need more money." Maybe the Clown in Chief will skip a round of golf to tweet something. In the end the cause will be revealed but quickly buried in an avalanche of other things and everyone will go back to " which cup is the pea under. "

    Oh, the cause – simple really, they are just too fucking incompetent to manage something as complicated and dangerous as nuclear tech. Check the record.

    They make a mess, bury it when no one is looking. Eventually when it's found they dig it up and go bury it somewhere else.

    Investigator: " Why do you need more money ? "
    Respondent: " After I filled the trunk of my car the last time there wasn't enough left to do the job. "
    Investigator: " Wow, this is lot of money, why do you need so much? "
    Respondent: " I bought a pickup truck. " ]

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      But the lights… they're so pretty.


      Follow Perry to the carnival of lights.

    • razzz razzz

      In reality Hanford is to radioactive to work around. Same with Daiichi. The nuke waste is so dangerous and with such long half lives, all the work is only temporary. That is not even considering the chemical wastes.

      There is still a nuclear reactor running on the site. They never learn.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Hanford..is a mess! 🙁

        Shut this Nuclear Technology down now worldwide..it is a very stupid jobs program!

        More than 800 claims for ill Hanford workers to get new look

        • jec jec

          What about the CITIZENS living in the plumes from this radioactive hot spot? Sadly, pancreatic cancer..anyone with THAT in the 80s..or 90s..or of for some even last year..that person is DEAD. Can their family members, still among us collect..they are sick too in our case.
          Letters were sent out to those with claims being reviewed. "However, some people at the Pasco meeting Tuesday said they thought their claim was eligible for the new eased rules but they had not been notified their case was being reconsidered. They were told to check with the Hanford Resource Center.

          The cancers covered by the eased rules include bone cancer, renal cancer, some leukemias, lung cancer, multiple myeloma, some lymphomas and primary cancer of the thyroid, breast, esophagus, stomach, pharynx, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary gland, urinary bladder, brain, colon, ovary or liver."

          And what about Agent Orange cancer coverage for veterans..thats a similar situation and handled the same way..deny. Wonder if the "playbook" was shared US government wide??!!..just like in Fukushima. WIPP employees better listen up and read this stuff too. And TMI victims, also who have not gotten any help for their illness (and their offspring..)

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Hanford assembled a press meeting with all the TV stations the day of. Cant be that serious.

  • Isthmus

    Listening to main Oregon radio talk, A person from Pacific Seafood was more than happy that a decision that came from State to reverse what would have closed down the seafood processing plant at Newport Or. The season is about to open, I think he said for a fish called white-ing . Spelled it how it sounds, they typically send tons over seas. They expect the fishing boats to bring in something like 70 tons if I heard right. Talk about the consequences of a gag order .

  • Isthmus

    I was at 2 Oregon beaches couple days ago, became aware of driftwood on first beach looked reddish maybe burnt and outer wood badly falling apart. Then 20 miles North on second beach, at high water line on sand there was a mass of dead sand crabs like something made them die, Ive never seen what looked like a mass die off, looking closely I could see very small ones too, The line of sand crabs dead went as far as I could see, not normal ever . Just one little jellyfish that lay there with an increase of CPM on my GC .

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Poisons are poisons..Mother Earth can't take much more.

    Another example.. 🙁

    The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide. Jeffrey Smith & Stephanie Seneff

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Actually, glyphosate's effects alone are quite terrible. It is, as I just mentioned in another reply, significantly worse when combined with the other crap in roundup.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      But who cares, right? Rather than just roundup, direct transcriptive effects in plants (having direct transcriptive genotoxic and mutagenic effects) are soon to be part of the Standard American Diet.

      • jec jec

        Not to worry…the GMO seeds are now not effected by roundup with DNA modifications. GREAT. So they can plaster MORE of this chemical in a plant species 'nuclear' arms race. OH..GMO seeds..not to worry..safe..SMILE. (sarc)

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Frank can sense bro, Frank incensed. Punisher, angry.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      This is not a genetic problem..all these people.. were exposed to manmade poisons. 🙁

      Most are young..how will one be poisoned today.. legally?


      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        How is genotoxic, mutagenic poison (ionizing radiation, chemical toxicity, DNA hijacking through transcription) NOT a genetic problem?

        I mean, children are prescribed methamphetamines, people are told radiation is safe, etc.

        That sounds like genetic issues to me. It almost sounds like the genetic issue is related to the sort of people trying to propagate that sort of crap.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Bananas and caramel.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Corvallis and Bend Oregon each caught higher than normal spikes on a couple of handheld detectors on 5.10.17.
    Mine was off a Mazur PRM9000 with a 2" Pancake at 190 CPM, which was the first time it ever alerted at my 150 and above setpoint.
    I've been running it for 2 months now.
    but these were both short term spikes, 6 hours apart from each other, remembering Bend is on the other side of the Cascade Range.
    The Bend reading was in the 160's.
    My background here in Corvallis is 31 cpm, with typically readings running from about 5 to 60 cpm.

    • jec jec

      You may want to send your data/comments to netc.com(if you are not already), to a forum. I think its important to document. What direction was the wind coming from..Hanford? or was it Fukushima? Those are both good dosimeters.

  • Sol Man

    I call out nuke, but the issue here is really reaching the tripping point as the result of bioacculumation of all of the causative factors. We are moved from a state of relative healthy existence to disease leading to death, more assured than ever. The Poisons; they are everywhere, in the water, air, food, and now lurking in the once pristine aquifers. Certain corporations maintain their hold on the ability to do this to our shared space by paying-off, through K Street, the politicians, who craft the legislation that allow the status quo to be maintained. The earth and all inhabitants get more loaded down with those things that maim and kill.

    That is THEIR legacy!

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      I'd argue that the trend is moving from early death to prolonged suffering, considering the poisons and crap, reliance on "healthcare" and "medications", etc. It's not like average life expectancy is less than historically, though bizarrely, mortality rates in, for instance, america and the uk are quite similar and even comparable to some of the most war-torn countries in the world.

    • jec jec

      What happens to all these plants, when we reach a Solar Minimum in 2020ish timeframe, and weather gets a lot nastier(lightening storms, tornados etc), we could have more earthquakes, and foods are less available. I this kind of environment, funding for the nuclear option..may dry up( illness or lack of a labor force) and electric will be hard to distribute? It will look like TEPCO's employee benefit plan–grab the homeless, work them to death (or radiate them to death), then hide the bodies(cremate them)…TA DA.

      Seriously, the current strong storms that are causing weather woes..will increase. Places like Hanford will have to content with more flooding and dam erosion issues (Wammapum Dam comes to mind). All plants are on rivers or oceans..all effected by too much water..and water rises.

      • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

        Well, you're typically going to have more proton and x-ray exposure. That attracts neutrons and electrons and those have to come from somewhere (say the earth, atmosphere), yeah doesn't seem good.

  • Cesium Sponge Cesium Sponge

    The residents of California are getting smacked in the face with plumes of radiation coming in from Fukushima, Japan. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could not care less about fish leaking pus from tumors – because the war on drugs is more important. Heaven forbid a cancer patient enjoy a joint, as robots continue to fry their circuits after exploring the inside of the leaking nuclear reactors off the coast of Japan.

    • FaunaLord Farthington MacMananus

      Yeah, thanks for the reminder. I need to smoke some joints.

      • Isthmus

        So, Mac you can be the dead zone on ENE, so you can give us your Hangover. The only thing that can save you, is Do Not Believe Everything Your Head Tells You . Now you can appreciate me for trying to save you . How about handling free will so you don"t infect our heads, alright already, go for it Mac, you can come back into the light .

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    The wind had been variable on the day, or night of the collapse.
    In the morning I had noticed some rather odd "contrails" up and down the Willamette Valley.
    Typically they go strictly north to south coming out of Portland and going down to California and back.
    These were at a NW-SE angle and were very large and dense.
    At the end of the day, semi-circular "contrails" were seen towards the NE of here, apparently circling that area, or maybe just going around it…hard to tell.
    i got to thinking, maybe they were spraying something to control any radiation drift. Who knows?
    I really didn't think I would be seeing anything on my detector.

    • jec jec

      I would not put it past anyone. We know they do the spraying..its now admitted, just not to the general public (you know..thats me and you). Wonder if anyone in a TV News conference can ASK or do a FOIA to get the real story? Any emails or conversations..may be very eye opening..if the response is honest.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    The discovery of the hole on Tuesday forced thousands of workers to shelter indoors for hours…..

    Although they don't really know for sure when the collapse occurred because they don't inspect the tunnels often. So, let's say the collapse occurred 6 days before they discovered it, no one 'sheltered' on those days.

    “No action is required for residents of Benton and Franklin counties,” the department said.

    On Wednesday morning, crews began filling the cave-in with soil. An excavator dropped scoops of dirt on the breached tunnel, while a front-loader assisted and a misting machine sprayed the area to control dust.

    More on Hanford
    Thousands of Hanford workers take cover after cave-in of tunnel with radioactive waste
    US: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Hanford site
    Washington’s senators call for probe of working conditions at Hanford
    Hanford contractor to pay $5.3M to settle timecard fraud

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Please note "in the past", which is "DECADES" ago. Fraud and scandal links to follow. Warning: This is about to get ugly. Snipped for convenience: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/nwp/sections/tankwaste/closure/pages/tank_leak_FAQ.html

    One double-shell tank (DST) AY-102, was first reported to be leaking in October 2012.
    One single-shell tank (SST) T-111, was first reported in February 2013.

    Note that 67 tanks leaked at least one million gallons in the past.

    • Hanford’s groundwater is about 200 to 300 feet below the tanks, so the new leaks will take decades to reach it.

    In 2008, an interim barrier was constructed over part of T Tank Farm, where three of the leaking SSTs are located,

    It may be possible to classify the waste in five of the six leaking SSTs as transuranic waste (meaning literally “after uranium,” this waste contains alpha-particle-emitting radioactive isotopes with atomic numbers higher than 92, uranium's atomic number).

    Building new tanks. We had assumed that the double-shell tanks (DSTs) were still sound and could accept waste from SSTs. However, the leak from the inner shell of AY-102 has led us to re-evaluate that assumption. To move the waste out of that DST and the SSTs, USDOE may have to build new DSTs.

    Washington, Oregon, and the Hanford Advisory Board have urged USDOE to start the process to build new DSTs at Hanford. However, obtaining funding and designing and constructing new tanks would likely take at least 10 years.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      One leak, two leaks, six leaks, three leaks, past leaks, new leaks, old leaks.

      No danger to the public or environment. No concern for harm. "alpha-particle-emitting radioactive isotopes with atomic numbers higher than 92". No concern to the public, however. No possibility of water contamination, except possibly decades from 1991. We need more money to ensure your safety, but your safety is not and will not be in question, unless we need more money. At which point in time, we will point to a 50 year old hole in the ground, which we have no liability for. Please ignore the details of the shenanigans, corruption and fraud. Focus on old radioactive railcars and see to it that we help make America great, still.

      (Areva is financially profiting from and directly overseeing and in contract/agreement/oversight for all of the following links, whether apparent or not. Close examination of the details will show this beyond a reasonable doubt.)

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    "In the past" = prior to 1991. Almost three DECADES since and according to ECY, how long it would take for "the new leaks" to reach groundwater. But wait, there's more. Interested parties, please download pdf, re: vitrification fraud.


    Roughly a million gallons of radioactive liquid have already leaked from DOE'S waste tanks. Westinghouse earlier estimated that 750,000 gallons of waste had leaked from the tanks at Hanford. More recently, the GAO reported that this figure does not include contaminated cooling water that likely also leaked from these tanks. A single tank nay have leaked 800,000 gallons of this radioactive water".
    Scientists believe that there is a 2% chance every year that one of these tanks will explode2". Such an explosion could release thousands of gallons of high-level waste into the environment.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Second verse, same as the first, ought to get better but it's gonna get worse…

    Governor Inslee's statement on news of Hanford leak
    February 15, 2013

    …I am appreciative of Secretary Chu's personal attention to this matter, and know he will deploy all technically possible solutions to address the leaking tank. I will meet with the secretary next week in Washington, D.C., to hear about the department's progress on stopping the leak and preventing further tank leaks at Hanford.

    This news is a sharp reminder – a wakeup call – that we can't be complacent, or waver in any way, on our nation's commitment to clean up Hanford. I know this is a time of tight budgets, but with an active leak of high-level radioactive material into the environment, money can't be an excuse for inaction.

    Congress and the federal government must provide the funding needed to address the leaking tank, to verify the condition of the remaining tanks, to build additional interim storage or take other necessary steps to prevent further releases, and to get the long-term solution – the waste treatment plant – completed without further delays.

    It is their moral and legal obligation to the citizens of the Northwest, and I will do everything in my power to make sure they live up to that.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    Bechtel National, DOE’s prime contractor, and its subcontractor AECOM formed Waste Treatment Completion Co.

    …The phased start up and related work are expected to cost an additional $4.5 billion, DOE said in December. The previous verified cost estimate for the vitrification plant released in 2006 was $12.3 billion. Cost increases also are expected as technical issues related to high level radioactive waste are resolved.

    AECOM and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) have formed Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (NWP) to support the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) and Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) in achieving WIPP and National TRU Waste Program (NTP) goals. NWP will drive new efficiencies into WIPP operations and ensure the long-term success of deep geologic disposal of transuranic wastes in the U.S. In the performance of WIPP's mission, we will proactively manage and mitigate those risks that could impact EM's Goal 3 of disposing 90% of the Legacy TRU waste by 2015.

    The NWP team includes major subcontractor AREVA Federal Services, LLC (AREVA) to provide best-in-industry TRU waste characterization expertise, services, equipment, and our protege, VJ Technologies (VJT), a leader in real-time radiography (RTR) technology and application.

    AECOM is the only contractor involved in construction and/or operation of all U.S. and UK high-level nuclear waste…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog


    The SEC filing said the federal government is investigating circumstances surrounding the response of Washington River Protection Solutions — an AECOM joint venture company — to a tank leak at Hanford. The filing did not specify which underground tank.
    One of Hanford’s 149 single-shell tanks is known to be leaking radioactive waste into the soil beneath it in central Hanford, and one of Hanford’s 28 newer double-shell tanks has waste leaking between its shells.
    …The federal government is conducting another investigation regarding timekeeping by employees at Washington River Protection Solutions when it took over the Hanford tank farm contract from CH2M Hill Hanford Group.
    CH2M Hill agreed to pay $18.5 million in 2013 to settle civil and criminal allegations of defrauding taxpayers through widespread timecard fraud at the Hanford tank farms.
    The SEC filing also briefly discussed a federal investigation into URS Energy and Construction, the primary subcontractor at the Hanford vitrification plant, regarding contractual compliance and technical issues in the design, development and construction of the plant.

    In addition, two former employees of URS Energy and Construction at the vitrification plant have filed employment-related claims, saying they were retaliated against and lost their jobs after raising safety concerns.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      After the SEC filing Wednesday, the attorney for Walt Tamosaitis, the former research and technology manager at the vitrification plant, announced that URS Energy and Construction had agreed to settle his whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court for $4.1 million. AECOM told the Herald it had not retaliated against Tamosaitis, but settled to avoid the cost of litigation over events that occurred five years ago.

      The federal government also has partially intervened in a false claim act complaint filed in federal court in December 2013, questioning the subcontracting procedures of Washington Closure Hanford, another AECOM joint venture.

      The federal government accused Washington Closure Hanford of falsely claiming credit for awarding small-business subcontracts worth millions of dollars…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://m.seattlepi.com/local/article/Hanford-cleanup-cost-soars-to-11-3-billion-1202373.php (now 19 billion) see article, below


    Plans to embed the toxic stew in glass logs for burial have floundered. Construction of a $17 billion glassification factory has stopped because of design and safety issues.

    The plan is to bury the glass logs at a nuclear waste dump carved inside Nevada's Yucca Mountain, a project that has been on the drawing board for three decades but has run into resistance from Nevada politicians, including former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article32186001.html State appeals court rules against Hanford whistleblower



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