More radioactive leaks at U.S. nuclear site? Newspaper: Recent revelations “may be only part of the story”

Published: March 5th, 2013 at 11:25 pm ET


The Oregonian, March 5, 2013: More storage tanks could be leaking at Hanford nuclear reservation — Recent news that six single-shell storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation are leaking relatively small amounts of radioactive waste may be only part of the story. The U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor are evaluating 14 other single-shell tanks that appeared to have lost liquid, according to state regulators and others who attended a DOE briefing in Oregon Monday. […]

KING5: Federal officials say budget cuts may disrupt efforts to close the radioactive waste tanks currently leaking at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. […] The Energy Department recently found that six tanks at Hanford are leaking radioactive waste, perhaps as much as 1,000 gallons a year. Those tanks have long surpassed their intended lifespan and officials are now searching for a solution to stop the leaking. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman wrote in his letter that the layoffs and furloughs may curtail progress related to closing the tanks. […]

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Published: March 5th, 2013 at 11:25 pm ET


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20 comments to More radioactive leaks at U.S. nuclear site? Newspaper: Recent revelations “may be only part of the story”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Washington and Oregon are very nice states, except for the leaking nuclear waste.

  • ML

    …"evaluating 14 other single-shell tanks that appeared to have lost liquid,…" Appeared? Either there is a leak or there isn't.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      "Slop levels are dropping in several tanks, but we can neither confirm or deny the possibility of a leak. There may be other logical explanations, such as portions transported through a wormhole into another dimension or theft by al-Quaeda scuba divers. We have been monitoring rather large sales of 'Magic Glow-in-the-dark Slime' for kids but they're by an eBay Trusted Seller so we think those are legit.

      In any case, there is no immediate public health threat from this tank slop surface repositioning event.

      Move along… Nothing to see here…"

  • W8R W8R

    I was raised in Washington.. Very pretty there.. Damn shame it is a polluted wasteland…
    This mess has been there since the `50s but NOW they cant do anything because of budget cuts… Way to mislead.. So many messes…
    Hanford, Simi Valley, EBR-1, SL-1, and many the public never knew about..
    The people of the Tri-Cities area of Washington downriver from Hanford are the most radioactive people on earth, except maybe for Fukushima…
    Soon we will all join them….

    • jec jec

      My family has suffered and suffered from Hanford WA and other radioactive messes. No one wants to "confess" there is a problem with the leaks into the environment. No one should ever face the deaths and health issues our 'cancer cluster' family has with diseases, birth defects and immune system problems in YOUNG family members. Sadly, the larger group impacted the more chance action will be taken. Ignoring has not worked! Good luck to others, its difficult to know how to suggest away to protect others at this point in time.

      How silly I was to think moving away for a few years to the east coast USA, then living in Europe would save some of my children. We then found ourselves in the fallout from Chernobyl prior to returning to our home in Washington State. Not only exposed in the 40s thru 2013, this poison is everywhere for us, our genes must be glowing.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII


        The DOE and DHS probably have plenty of expensive radiation monitors you paid for sitting in warehouses collecting dust. I don't have any personal knowledge of them. I'm just assuming there is because the federal government will spend whatever it takes to protect themselves.

        Forget about anything at Hanford getting fixed. It was repurposed as an eternal profit center for Bechtel. They have way more representation in D.C. than any carbon-based taxpaying life-form.

        Best you're going to do is convince your psychopathic elected leaders to do some kind of real-time radiation reporting downstream from Hanford. The data will be 'massaged' and fairly useless (like EPA RadNet magic numbers). The benefit, however, is slowly convincing the nutjobs that this will help them during elections. Human experimental subjects like to know what the experiment is about and how big of a dose they have to take.

        • Mack Mack

          The DOE has the information but usually "declines to make it public."

          Now here's an interesting tidbit on the DOE:

          The DOE's "responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in a DOE initiative."

          The DOE is involved in gene research!

          What for?

          • PavewayIII PavewayIII

            Nuclear radiation mutates DNA in cells. The cells stop reproducing and kill themselves if they detect mutations. Nuclear radiation also damages THAT process, meaning mutant cells do not kill themselves and keep reproducing to create even more mutants. It's called cancer.

            Ever since the DOE has been involved in the mutagen dispersion business, they've been trying to find a cure and/or an immunization for radiation-induced cancer. They know how and why radiation is a mutagen. They just don't know what to do about it.

            What good is a brilliant biological weapon if you can't bottle up a cure for your own troops first? Worst part is they never intended (initially anyway) to kill anybody with radiation from atomic weapons. That was only a side effect.

            Read the list of Genome Labs in the JGI:


            Mystery solved. They failed to find a cure for radiation – they're hoping someone else might be able to.

            • Mack Mack

              Thanks for your research, PavewayIII,

              Yes, Nuclear radiation is the causal problem…

              the issue is that the Department of ENERGY is controlling the research on genes.

              Not the department of medicine, national instititue of health, american medical association, etc.

              And they are controlling it by having the research done in their nuclear labs:

              * Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
              * Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
              * Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

              Which means they control any information and knowledge gained.

              Which means they'll decide who gets to learn what.

              This is the same DOE that "declined" to release the radiation results from Fukushima that blanketed the U.S.

              It just is not scientifically healthy to have ONE agency, and not even a medical agency but an ENERGY agency, having control over such important research as gene research.

              • PavewayIII PavewayIII

                Your welcome, but I didn't do any research. The information found me.

                It was wagging it's tail when it found me, so I patted it on the head and scratched it behind the ears a little. Information is friendly – it likes people.

                "…Yes, Nuclear radiation is the causal problem…"

                Not at all. It's been on your planet for the last few billion years.

                The causal problem is humans bizzare obsessive-compulsive behavior:

                1. Hire someone to repeatedly beat you senseless with a ball-peen hammer
                2. Complain about the incredible pain being unjustly inflicted on you and everyone else who hired someone to beat them.
                3. Kill the person you hired and a dozen other completely unrelated individuals in the area – encourage other 'beating victims' to do likewise
                4. When the blood stops flowing, look for another person to hire to repeatedly beat you senseless with a ball-peen hammer

                Your earth is the biggest freak-show in the cosmos.

                "…the issue is that the Department of ENERGY is controlling the research on genes…"

                They don't really do research. They just collect information found wandering around and kill it by putting it in cages.

                Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore or any other DOE-spawn?

                Those are all either kill shelters themselves, or suppliers to kill shelters. You hired them.

                • PavewayIII PavewayIII

                  'You' as in 'your species', Mack. No you, personally. You, personally, just have the *additional* painful burden of awareness.

  • nedlifromvermont

    that's right …. "budget cuts may delay progress in slowing the leaks …." the shit don't get much thicker from these nuclear ghouls, these unintelligent life forms …

    pour some more money on the leaks … that oughta' work … isn't that how GE solves all its problems … make sure it is your money, and you're pouring it by the tanker load, and have it ooze into their pockets and bank accounts before it gets to the leak site … just another day in paradise for the nuclear gangstas …

    what a bunch of lying thieves … they make the Waffen SS look tame …

    ain't democracy (sic) soooo much better than fascism, when you get all the money for polluting and killing innocent life …

    peace …

  • getoutwhileyoustillcan

    I always multiply the disaster they admit to, by at least 10, if I'm feeling optimistic. 20 if I want to be more realistic. So if they admitted to 6 tanks leaking a total of 1000 gallons, I figure it's at least 10,000 – 20,000 gallons/year. And it's been going on about 10 times longer than they claim.

  • markww markww

    Utterly BS as to the clean up lets make another excuse, Bad thing is no one reads these posts from the people in affected areas except a few at the most. They had contractors, who could clean up the mess and the Government except they spent money watching flies have sex.


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    It's obvious that the nuclear industry is bankrupting the world's economy's. Not only is there no safe way to operate nuclear technology, there is no money to up grade even known safety measures.

    I got an email asking me to sign a petition for Obama's choice to head up the EPA, that she had done so much for clean air. This propaganda totally discounts the degradation of the environment due to the proliferation of man-made radionuclides from nuclear energy, the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico by BP and others, and the destruction of agriculture and groundwater by fracking, and the problems and deaths caused by GMOs. Months ago I got a conference call from the EPA that was total propaganda, and I had no chance or way to reply to the propaganda. They pretend to focus on a few topics like mercury in the air. But what about all the other serious environmental issues?

  • ShutItAllDown

    When it comes to nuclear waste management, you can never have budget cuts.

    That's one of the reasons nuclear is such a bad idea.

  • Sol Man

    Nuclear energy is such a terrible idea because it devours the future that belongs to our children, as well as huge swaths of ecosystem where people used to be able to actually enjoy the pursuit of their destiny.

  • Salemone Salemone

    I grew up downwind of this.

    My Mom died of an extremely rare form of cancer of the heart. My sister and I (and my Mom) thyroids don't work. Now I live in Oregon..sigh. I don't think anywhere is 'safe'.

    • jec jec

      @salemone, our family too. Daughter with thryoid cancer, other daughter died of birth defects, mom/three brothers died of cancer, and much more. As Downwinders….we feel your pain.

  • dosdos dosdos

    14? Nah, 67 is the figure I heard a couple of days ago. Not counting the buried open trenches.