Former Governor: Leaking U.S. nuclear site an “underground Chernobyl waiting to happen” (VIDEO)

Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 6:25 pm ET


Title: KING 5’s Gary Chittim on why Hanford matters to every Washington resident
Source: KING 5
Author: Susannah Frame
Date: May 2, 2013

At :30 in

June 9, 1998

Gary Chittim, KING5 Reporter: They’ve already found cesium in the Columbia River. They’ve already found radioactive material in the Columbia River. So it’s not a question of when that will happen. It’s a question of now that it’s happened, what does that mean.

At 3:15 in

Chittim: If u go back and talk to a lot of the government leaders from this state they were all very frustrated […] Talking to [former Washington Governor] Gary Locke, he called it Chernobyl underground, waiting to happen.

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Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 6:25 pm ET


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25 comments to Former Governor: Leaking U.S. nuclear site an “underground Chernobyl waiting to happen” (VIDEO)

  • combomelt combomelt

    "Why Hanford matters to Washington residents" should read "why Hanford matters to the World"!!!!!!!! NONE of the media reporters GET IT. Truly disgusting, they all get an "F" in reporting/journalism. So frickenfrackin irresponsible. Im going outside now to scream at the ether for an hour….grrrroarrr……

  • jec jec

    So the State of WA went to court..and what happened then? 2013-1998 is 15 years!!!??? Surely something has made its way thru the system since then???? Maybe?? Did the court case get dropped? If so, why and what has occurred since then?

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    MIT & other schools who love to enrich their selves while killing the planet at our expense! They are insane when they leave these Progressive schools, to build plants that are on fault lines & store such deadly waste until there is no room left they just say ok, let the next fools deal with clean up, they are living the high life until they have to meet their maker! This has been SOP for decades! All the PLL that live where the JET stream flows east will & are in harms way! What a FUBAR that will only get worse!

    • pcjensen

      gross fubar it is… what happened to legal? where are you, law! such a waste.

      • mandog

        The legal system is not about justice, period!

        • Some things never change.

          "Laws are like a spider’s web; the small are entrapped, the great break through and escape." Solon of Athens (638 – 558 BC)

          Tacitus: (c. 56 AD-c. 117) "The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates."

          "Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government." Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

          • pcjensen


            laws are not meant to hold up justice

            but to help those whose money lines lawyers pockets

  • ftlt

    Having lived in the the mid 2000s when the money was pouring in to Hanford for so called improvements, there was hardly a chirp about the known problems there…

    Or the factory animal feed-lots problems around the state either..

    Or the depletion of ground water in one of the largest agricultural areas in the nation

    You can rest assured this guy has got his hand out palm up…

  • We Not They Finally

    The whole history of this is bizarre and tragic. Yes, the Columbia River is ALREADY contaminated. There are storage casks at Hanford designed to last just twenty years that I believe have been there forty (or so) by now. This was all supposed to be to build bombs to threaten the old Soviet Union? Where did the damage wind up? Here!!

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The underground casks have been there since the mid-'40's – 70 years. Most of the waste went into pits and wells. Billions of gallons of radioactive waste has been generated at Hanford, and there aren't billions of gallons of waste on the property. As of 2005 there were only 447,000 gallons of waste on-site:

      The rest was all sent into the air and Columbia River. Billions of gallons of the most lethal radioactive waste science can produce.

      The vitrification plant is a colossal waste of money, generating taxpayer-funded profits for Bechtel and significant campaign contributions in DC. It does nothing to reduce the radiation already released. The hundreds of billions of dollars spent on 'cleaning' up Hanford would be better spent on the medical care this country is going to need over the next several years due to radiation poisoning.

      What's left on-site doesn't really matter in the overall scheme of things. Just another distraction now to keep people's focus away from Fukushima and all the other NPP's about to blow worldwide – with a large number in the US.

  • South Caroline nuclear plant is only one dam failure away from a Chernobyl-type disaster.

    "Duke’s Oconee nuclear power plant — three aged nuclear reactors 30 miles from Greenville, SC — is at risk of a meltdown should an upstream dam fail. If that were to happen, a meltdown of all three reactors on the scale of the Fukushima meltdowns and subsequent containment failure are virtual certainties according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents obtained by Greenpeace."

    Read more:


    • Mack Mack

      >> And all they're doing about it is handing out potassium iodide pills in South Carolina:

      >> Meanwhile, Duke Energy is chomping-at-the-bit to build new nuclear power plants in beautifully-natured and unpolluted Levy County, Florida.

      >> Gotta read this: "Duke Energy officially arrives in Florida with iron fist"

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        Didn't they get the memo that Florida is supposed to be underwater soon due to global warming? Soon in NPP terms.

        • Mack Mack

          Unfortunately, all they care about is money.

          Florida has a “cost-recovery law” that allows energy companies to pre-bill ratepayers for future nuclear power plants, whether they’re built or not, and keep the money.

          So far Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy have gotten $1.4 Billion dollars this way.

          “Southern Alliance for Clean Energy” recently challenged it in court, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously to deny Southern Alliance’s challenge.

          Some good Florida legislators fought against the cost-recovery law, such as Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey; Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee; Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach; and Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness

          However, a recent editorial said Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley complained "that the poor little electric utilities are being unfairly criticized and expressed how grateful he is that they keep the lights on.”

          The Florida Legislature just voted to keep the cost-recovery law, which the nuclear industry is thrilled about.

          Great editorial on all this called "We're nuked again"

      • Thank you, Mack for the links.

        This is a huge story, to be added to the many more reported here and on alternative sites.

        But the average citizen has been lulled into complacency by the screaming headlines about the need to "protect citizens" from gun owners. That would be funny, if it were not so tragic.

        As Wynd and Heart of the Rose write further on, the government continues to spend money purchasing ammunition, while the nuclear industry threat is pushed to the side.

        And if a catastrophe really happens, God forbid, you can expect the same reaction from government as it showed after the financial derivatives meltdown, when those responsible for the disaster were rewarded with even more money, not with prosecutions and time in jail.

  • Wynd Wynd

    DHS is buying MORE BULLETS [after 2Bil recently reported] instead of spending the money to clean up this nightmare.

    To see the players of this endless fiasco visit

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Congressman: DHS Refuses to Answer to Congress on 1.6 Billion Bullet Purchase [Video]
    March 19 2013

    Reps challenge DHS ammo buys, say agency using 1,000 more rounds per person than Army
    April 23 2013

    The people need to seek answers here.
    The people can ill afford this situation.
    Northcom…and the arming of DHS is for civil control.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The States including Louisiana are tightening their gun ownership laws.
    As is their right..

    As gun control debate rages nationwide, Louisiana House committee passes nine bills that would further solidify gun owners rights

    They have "Gun-runner Holder is charge..of gun-control..and robbing of States rights.

    Kansas governor, Attorney General Holder spar over new state gun-rights law

    Read more:

    The American population needs to think hard about their position about gun control…while they still have a position to defend.

  • Baha 2012 Baha 2012

    They built these ill-gotten and improperly working nuclear plants knowing very well what their life expectancy would be … and knowing that some generation would feel and suffer the wrath of their failing dangers … this generation happen to be the one .. I’m so glad I put my trust in that Someone who made the first forest of tress, and that Someone who gave the first flock of robins their song to sing … that Someone greater and more powerful then all these evil minds and of greater than me

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    The Columbia River has been contaminated for many years. The following video will show you starting at 10:00 in as this is a long documentary but I highly recommend it if you have not seen it concerning nuclear waste around the world .

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Columbia River contamination started years ago

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Oops sorry for the repeat starts at the beginning and not at 10

  • ftlt

    One thing too… Why not a reference/comparison to Fukushima…

    The popular mindset is that Chernobyl is a much worse event – is my take here…

    That is how good the cover up is and continues to be…