Lawmaker: “Smells like a very deliberate cover up” of leaks at U.S. nuclear site — “A very serious problem” (VIDEO)

Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm ET


Title: Bonus money trumps safety at Hanford, experts say
Source: KING5 Seattle
Date: May 2, 2013

KING 5 reported last month that one private company working at the Hanford Site discounted for nearly a year mounting evidence of a leak in 241-AY-102, a double-shell tank holding hundreds of thousands of gallons of some of the most radioactive and chemically contaminated waste in the world. […]

“We have a very serious problem with Hanford and we always have with the Energy Department and its contractors where the incentive to get a contract performance award, your cash award, for doing something at the end of the year outweighs the safety and environmental considerations,” said state Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) […]

“If we had a coffee cup of waste from that tank sitting here between us since we started this interview, we’d both be dead now,” said Pollet. […]

“The federal EPA and the Washington state Department of Ecology should have an investigation with the attorney general into all the records of  what was known, what was reported by the tank farm line workers to management and what went on behind closed doors in management to say, ‘let’s call this rainwater, let’s not investigate it,’” said Rep. Pollet.

“That’s where it begins to look and smell like a very deliberate cover up rather than ignorance and there is no excuse. Ignorance is not an excuse when dealing with something as deadly as this.”

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Published: May 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm ET


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13 comments to Lawmaker: “Smells like a very deliberate cover up” of leaks at U.S. nuclear site — “A very serious problem” (VIDEO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Sites like Hanford should not have "private" documents. Everything there should be public.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Standard procedure for all Nucleo-Rats and their Yakuza style contractors …

    Cover ups, Lies, Deceit and Hush Money … Lots and lots of Hush Money …

    And the cancers, the autisms, the birth defects and the decline of life's bounty goes on …

    They giggle and squeal all the way to the bank …

    They never seen a business this good …

    Lie, Dump, Squeal, Look the other way … the nucleorat way …

    peace brothers and sisters …

    we are on to them, and soon enough, this will just have to stop!

  • fill er up

    charge the contractors for using bio weapons on the public,they'll kill more than the marathon bombers

    • mandog

      The contractors and the Dept of Energy are mass murderers and serial killers and need to be held accoutable criminally instead of monetarily, (in the form of bonuses). But we all know that aint gonna happen. They will get promoted to higher positions in the government.

  • “…Ignorance is not an excuse when dealing with something as deadly as this.”
    – Rep. Pollet.

    I think he's right about that.

  • pcjensen

    Public money public access – only problem: DOD contractual agreements for materials – puts it under the secrecy shroud. Pull it off!

  • That coffee cup of waste sounds like gold dust to me if it's giving out that much energy still..
    pour it back in the corium and boil some more water with it..

  • Anthony Anthony

    Hurray Pollet!

    Recognition is the first step to healing.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Everyone in the world is waiting to get cancer, thanks to nuclear. Hanford is an ongoing mess. Fukushima is an ongoing disaster, and countless others. Man messed up big-time, and we need to (I'm talking to the so-called leaders around the world) reverse direction and clean up our environment. It has to happen.

    • harengus_acidophilus

      Maybye …

      "Everyone in the world is waiting to get cancer, thanks to nuclear."

      Maybye this is the real reason behind this "stop smoke" campaign. In the old days cigarrettes cause cancer and death if you in the age of retirement. Now, with this radioactive background the "domestic cattle" (humans called) will die to soon. No ROI for the "stakeholders" of the human "society". As a second it teachs you to obey without reasoning.


  • Sol Man

    What leaders when they all follow
    some corporate schtick for the $$$?

  • redwing redwing

    Hanford was built at a time when the government had all the money in the world to spend on getting nuclear power right. And they didn't.

    If the world's superpower can't get something like this right, then who can?

    In blackjack, there's a betting strategy that says that anytime you lose a hand you should double your bet for the next hand. That way you always get your money back. Until you lose a few hands in a row. Then you lose everything.

    That's nuclear power.


      more likely redwing, the deployment of these tanks were ongoing and part of their 'learning curve'. Doubtless, they had a bucket of sludge and handed it off to the janitor, to dispose of…