TV: Leaking nuclear material at Hanford was white, “now yellow or light green” — Amount has increased ‘measurably’ — Expert: This waste actually gets worse as time goes on (VIDEO)

Published: April 23rd, 2013 at 11:05 am ET


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KING 5 Seattle: […] The Leak Assessment Team estimated in October 2012 that between 190 and 520 gallons of waste had leaked into the annulus of AY-102. Last week [ Washington River Protection Solutions] media representatives Jerry Holloway and John Britton repeated those exact numbers to KING [TV] when asked how much had leaked so far. Holloway and Britton said that the tank was still leaking but that there has been “no appreciable change” since last year. In addition they wrote “a significant portion of the liquid has evaporated, leaving about 20 – 50 gallons of drying waste.” But KING 5 has obtained documents written this month by Washington Department of Ecology’s Michelle Hendrickson stating that the amount of waste has increased by a measurable amount. “The area within the annulus that waste occupies has increased approximately 25 percent since Ecology’s visit (to the tank farm) on December 27, 2012. This area increased vertically and horizontally where it extends outward in ‘finger channels’ and near the smaller piece of what appears to be orange insulation foam,” wrote Hendrickson in an April 3 letter. […] “The edges of the waste material are very wet and are changing color. The waste material that was white (indicated dry waste) is now yellow or light green.” […]

Marco Kaltofen, a civil engineer and veteran environmental scientist
: Every day that you wait (to investigate a leak), it’s more material that you have to dispose of, more stuff gets contaminated and the problem gets worse and more expensive and harder to control. Time is not our friend. This waste actually gets worse as time goes on. It’s hot, it’s corrosive, it eats through its container. It can’t sit there, or it’s going into the Columbia River. There’s no other choice. If your alarm clock goes off, hey, it’s time to go to work. If your alarm in the tank goes off, apparently it’s time to wait another year.

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Published: April 23rd, 2013 at 11:05 am ET


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14 comments to TV: Leaking nuclear material at Hanford was white, “now yellow or light green” — Amount has increased ‘measurably’ — Expert: This waste actually gets worse as time goes on (VIDEO)

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Thank you EPA & NRC, you will joun the ranks who die of cancer a slow painful death!

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Psychopaths don't have a rational person's concern about the future. It's not that they don't care. It's that their brains no longer have circuits to understand concepts like THEIR actions. Their only concern is how to benefit from the consequences of YOUR actions.

      Everyone here understands the meager satisfaction of 'they' being an inescapable part of the misery they will cause 'us', but it's completely lost on them.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    They can't stop the leaking. We're forced to live with it. It's how our world turned out to be, unfortunately.

  • weeman

    Obama Get your house in order and do your duty, instead of sticking your nose into foreign policy why don't you look in your own backyard and become that man in history that seen the light.
    I wish, some dreams do come true, but not pipe dreams.


    Our greatest enemy we have created ourselves. Yet we act like nothings wrong. It's a lot easier to point your finger at someone other than yourself. (Refering to US officials and nuclear waste)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    You know, when I was growing up my mother made us clean up our toys when were done with them. When I had children I did the same. Apparently no one did this the people at the NRC, GE, etc. They play with their toys, make a mess then expect everyone else to come along and clean it up. They are, in effect, spoiled children; and like spoiled children they should be punished and have their toys taken away.

    The lack of action on not just the US government, but all the governments around the world that have used or are using nuclear power, that is truly sad. The government is there to assist and protect it's people. Yet these governments continually and intentionally do things to belittle, oppress, and harm their citizens. It's not just the current regimes, this has been going on for decades. Our governments have lost accountability.

  • Sol Man

    It is a ghastly problem that has never gotten the attention that is required to prevent a ever-enlarging problem for humanity. And, where have the politicians been on this? Searching for the next round of support checks to spend on the media and such to keep the charade going. It equates to shorter lives and painful death.

  • We Not They Finally

    Apparently the Columbia River is ALREADY severely contaminated. And tanks that were built MANY decades ago and designed to be replaced in twenty years were never replaced. It's a throw-away culture. Do the quick and easy thing, don't replace infrastructure, leave future problems to the future. Don't regulate, don't govern, wreck even…. the U.S. Postal Service!! Crap culture, crap results. But for all those gun-happy "patriots" out there, who think that "freedom" is code for "me first" — no, the Founding Fathers never intended THIS.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Please quit throwing in the anti-gun rants which are clearly not related to the subject at hand.

  • DeSwiss DeSwiss

    When it turns blue, run!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Reminds me of spit…white is healthy, yellow and green mean different things, but definitely not good. Anticipating a sneeze. Don't you just hate it when you sneeze and you are running around, hoping to not get anything on the floor…and you don't want to look in the mirror and see the snot all over your face…Looks like the world has snot on its face. Quick, call in the MIB. Tell them to bring some tissue paper. Containment time.

    All this talk of global warming, true or not, seems similar to a parent worried about her children. Fever or chills? But like the primitive doctors of a bygone era the call is for a "bleeding."