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. [...]
Published: February 19th, 2013 at 3:51 pm ET