Editorial: Radioactive leak at Hanford may suggest “serious tank failure of such magnitude that even semisolid materials are now able to find a way out”

Published: February 19th, 2013 at 3:51 pm ET
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Title: Editorial: A perfect radioactive storm
Source: Daily Astorian
Date: February 19, 2013 2:14p ET

“Perfect radioactive storm” are not words any resident along the Columbia River ever wanted to hear coming from the lips of a top elected official about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Yet this is how Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week characterized news about a major leak of highly toxic sludge from a single-wall storage tank, at the very time the nation nears across-the-board funding cuts that could hobble any response.

[...] All the liquids that could be pumped from it were removed in 1995. That a serious new breach has developed suggests the possibility additional water is seeping into the tank, or there has been a serious tank failure of such magnitude that even semisolid materials are now able to find a way out. [...]

It is time for Pacific Northwest leaders and citizens to express our concern about this matter in the strongest possible terms. [...]

See also: Governor alarmed about leak at most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. -- "You couldn't find a more perfect radioactive storm" (VIDEO)

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10 comments to Editorial: Radioactive leak at Hanford may suggest “serious tank failure of such magnitude that even semisolid materials are now able to find a way out”

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Hanford seepage + Fuku fallout run off = Extra glowy Columbia river, three eyed fish, mutant plants. Any grad students looking for a good thesis should find the Columbia River basin to be a fruitful site for studying the effects of radiation exposure. Could relate to biology, botany, medicine or a number of other fields.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Seattle and other beautiful cities? No one would want to say that they are doomed. Yet in the wake of 3-11, Seattle registered 100,000 times (yes, that number is correct) the limit of xenon, which is the interim element before it decays into the dreaded cesium. We just found that out the other day. There is nothing happening there that supports human life. But jump ship and go WHERE? No one will even consider it until the strain on the medical system becomes too blatant to ignore. So incredibly sad.


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    And, would you believe it, not a word about this on the evening news–at least not on ABC or CBS or PBS. Without cable I don't get any of the others and turn it off as soon as I have heard what they are going to talk about. So, tonight, they are talking (again) about gun control, cyber spying, and other matters that have been talked to death. How worthless can the MSM be?

    I'm terrified for those who live along the Columbia.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Radiation has been flowing down the Columbia as long as nuclear facilities were operating at Hanford.. and it all went out to the Pacific Ocean.

      It should be interesting to study layers of bottom mud in the river, concentrating on radiation and toxic heavy metals.


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  • Jebus

    Sen. Wyden To Tour Hanford Where Tank May Be Leaking

    We’ve been reporting on an underground tank that may be leaking at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Tuesday, Sen. Ron Wyden is on a fact-finding mission at the southeast Washington site. The Oregon Democrat chairs a key committee that shares jurisdiction over a $12 billion waste treatment plant being built at Hanford. The plant’s supposed to stabilize that waste. Soon, the main contractor on that project might face hefty fines. The punishment stems from an investigation of the troubled plant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    http://www.opb.org/news/article/sen-wyden-to-tour-hanford-where-tank-may-be-leaking/?google_editors_picks=true


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  • this article may have some relevent data for anyone who would deny a health effect from this tragedy

    China -Thyroid cancer cases continue to increase at double-digit rate

    Chen Wanqing, deputy director of the National Central Cancer Registry, added: “The reasons for the increases aren’t exactly clear, but factors like increasing exposure to radiation, mounting workload and mental pressure, and irregular lifestyles could be significant.” Qoute from Chinese article,,,

    “…A new study analysing National Cancer Institute data proves some unknown factor is contributing to the increasing rate of thyroid cancer.

    “It’s not just improved medical surveillance and diagnosis,” Ron said….”

    source The USA data

    http://nuclear-news.net/2013/02/19/china-thyroid-cancer-cases-continue-to-increase-at-double-digit-rate/

    and while we are on the subject of censored information

    http://nuclear-news.net/2013/02/20/depleted-uranium-in-afghanistan-alex-newman/

    you dont hear alot about that do you? its usually denied!


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Hanford; Lethal And Leaking; A Race To Armageddon? via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/hanford-lethal-and-leaking-race-to.html

    Savannah River Site; Most Severely Radiation Polluted Place on Earth? via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/11/savannah-river-site-most-severely.html


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  • Sickputer

    The official release on the leak at Hanford: (Excerpts)

    "RICHLAND – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection (ORP) and its Tank Farms operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) have determined that liquid levels in Hanford single-shell tank (SST) T-111 are decreasing. The specific cause of the liquid level decrease in Tank T-111 has not been determined.

    Monitoring wells in the T Tank Farm, where Tank T-111 is located, have not identified significant changes in concentrations of chemicals or radionuclides in the soil. DOE is continuing to monitor its network of monitoring wells in the area of T Tank Farm and is evaluating possible next steps.

    This tank was classified as an assumed leaker in 1979. In February 1995, interim stabilization was completed for this tank. In order to achieve interim stabilization, the pumpable liquids were removed…

    Data indicates the current rate of loss of liquids from the tank could be in the range of 150 to 300 gallons over the course of a year.

    Tank T-111 is a 530,000-gallon capacity underground storage tank built between 1943-44, and put into service in 1945. T-111 currently contains approximately 447,000 gallons of sludge, a mixture of solids and liquids with a mud-like consistency."

    http://www.hanford.gov/news.cfm/DOE/SST%20T111%20Liquid%20Level%20Decrease%20FINAL.pdf

    SP: No ideas (or spare tank) on how to empty the "leaker". Good work nucleocrats! (Not!)


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