Emergency at U.S. Nuclear Site: Gov’t activated alert, workers ordered to ‘take-cover’ — Several hospitalized — Ex-employee: “Stuff goes on all the time we don’t know about, it’s scary” — Governor: No ‘immediate’ health hazard (VIDEO) #Hanford

Published: August 23rd, 2013 at 2:04 pm ET
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KONA Radio, Aug 22, 2013: An emergency operations alert was activated at Hanford overnight after radiation was detected during a transfer from a waste tank. KONA-AM radio reports the Department of Energy activated the alert around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday near tank C-101.

CBS Seattle, Aug 22, 2013: Radiation was detected at a tank farm at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site Wednesday night, causing an alert to be issued and work to be stopped, KING 5 reported.

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Aug 22, 2013: Areas of Hanford were under a “take-cover” status. Special crews surveyed the areas outside of the C-Far

Tri-City Herald, Aug 22, 2013: Workers in the 200 East Area of central Hanford, which includes the C Tank Farm, and the nearby vitrification plant under construction remained under the take-cover order.

KEPR TV, Aug 22, 2013: “Stuff goes on out there all the time that we don’t know about, but it’s scary,” said [former Hanford worker Chris] Anderson. […] A handful of areas were placed in “take-over” condition, where it’s all hands on deck […] A rep from the Department of Energy doesn’t remember an alert being issued in at least the past seven years. […] Four employees at the tank farm went to the hospital to be checked for radiation exposure. […] “As long as this kind of thing is going on, I won’t be living here, we all won’t be living here,” said Anderson.

DoE Press Release, Aug 22, 2013: Approximately 80% of the waste from single-shell tank C-101 has been retrieved […] leaving just a few inches of difficult-to-retrieve hard heel waste. […] dose rate readings were 150 mr/hr [1,500 microsieverts/hr] open window, and only 6 mr/hr closed window. […] the swipe indicated a radioactive contamination reading of 180,000 disintegrations per minute. […] The four workers that were evacuated were sent to Kadlec Hospital in Richland, WA for additional monitoring as a precaution. […]

KFLD Radio, Aug 22, 2013: The DOE says the leak may have occurred near what is called sluice box […] The equipment is used to spray contaminated liquid onto the waste so it’s easier to remove. By using already contaminated liquid instead of water, less new waste is created.

FOX 13, Aug 22, 2013 – Washington Governor Jay Inslee: Fortunately it doesn’t appear that there’s any immediate human health concerns […] doesn’t appear there is any immediate human hazard.

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16 comments to Emergency at U.S. Nuclear Site: Gov’t activated alert, workers ordered to ‘take-cover’ — Several hospitalized — Ex-employee: “Stuff goes on all the time we don’t know about, it’s scary” — Governor: No ‘immediate’ health hazard (VIDEO) #Hanford

  • m a x l i

    There should be a law – life in prison for everyone using the word "immediate".

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Same line used for having unprotected sex or sharing needles ; No ‘immediate’ health hazard … $$POD$$

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Exactly!

  • Truth

    Visiting a winery in central CA that day, my gamma scout went off and went off the scale with the overwash warning. It could not measure the gamma radiation I was hit with. I was in shock. I could not believe what I was seeing and thought at first my rental car had its lights left on or that my watch alarm was going off. When I saw that the gamma scout was sounding its alarm for the first time since I have had it now a few years (batter still good), I regretted not having it on my while I was in the building talking with people there and then taking a few photos of the grapes and nature outside. I have not had any sever symptoms and it has been over 48 hours. I can only hope it was a malfunction but the readings are now normal. It went off then on for about 10 seconds at a time or more even while I was in the car. What could have been the cause?… Any of this or something else?

    I can not imagine but I am very worried as you can imagine. Is there a place I can get checked out of contamination or exposure?

    • Wynd Wynd

      like you i'd tend to think the equipment was excellent and working properly…
      could you try to locate the possible source of the flare…
      if it exist…

    • Was the car made in Japan?

      Did you test the whole car, including the tires?

      Maybe the pancake got near a metal surface of the car?

      HOT spots are possible in the air; xenon gas clouds travel far, travel fast and go with the jet stream..

      If an underground corium let out a HUGE xenon gas release BURP from underground, well, how would that show up downwind, if someone with a meter got right on the edge of it ????

      • There are some REALLY HIGH readings going on right now all over the US, for no good reason.. have never seen this many all at the same time.

        What is going on?

        Maybe the admission of 400 tons a day of water leaking is covering up for some HUGE horror that they do not want to disclose?

        Bismark ND
        Reno NV
        LA Ca
        Bismark TX
        etc… loads of them

        http://ec2.netc.com/

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          We are having a G-1 Geomagnetic Storm and Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu, this could be reason.

  • MCBEKRL

    American nuc physicists are pussies. Taking cover over a wee little rad leak… how pathetic. If and when something real happens in America BEKRL can guarantee that there WONT be 50 heroes to save the day like in Fukushima, and that the nuclear physicists will be running home to their mommies leaving nothing behind but mushroom clouds and burning spent fuel pools.

  • crystalwind crystalwind

    "No immediate human health concerns…no immediate human hazards…"
    How immediate do they mean? What dictionary did they use?

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      You know, like "there are no immediate health concerns when you lay down on train tracks…that is until the train runs over you…" but really nothing to worry about, and no need to quit watching your favorite shows.

      I can hardly wait to see Nancy grace with a fake green screen of the Fukushima reactors in the background doing pretend interviews.

      Then we will know the BS needle is pegged for sure.