Radio: Uranium-contaminated plume covers 125 acres at U.S. nuclear site — Over 300 lbs. of uranium a year flowing into Columbia River (AUDIO) #Hanford

Published: July 30th, 2013 at 3:49 pm ET


Northwest News Network (NPR), July 29, 2013: Cleanup Options For Hanford’s 300 Area Going Public […] Federal officials are trying to figure out what to do about radioactive materials that remain at a place near the Columbia River known as the 300 Area. […] The 300 Area was where workers milled uranium rods and tested ways to process plutonium during WWII and the Cold War. They poured about 2 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste a day into sandy ponds and trenches right next to the Columbia River. […] One of the remaining jobs is to work on a 125-acre groundwater plume contaminated with uranium. […]

Uranium-contaminated groundwater plume at Hanford (SOURCE: Proposed Cleanup Plan for Hanford’s 300 Area)

Tri-City Herald, July 29, 2013: […] The 300 Area was used for fabricating uranium into fuel pieces for the Hanford reactors that produced plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program. It also was used for research, including testing processes for chemically removing plutonium from irradiated uranium fuel. […] About 330 pounds of uranium per year is released to the Columbia River from the Hanford 300 Area, according to DOE. […] The public may comment at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. An open house will start an hour earlier. Additional public meetings will be held Wednesday in Seattle and Aug. 8 in Hood River.

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Published: July 30th, 2013 at 3:49 pm ET


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48 comments to Radio: Uranium-contaminated plume covers 125 acres at U.S. nuclear site — Over 300 lbs. of uranium a year flowing into Columbia River (AUDIO) #Hanford

  • Spokane And Columbia Rivers Contaminated From Old Abandoned Uranium Mines; via @AGreenRoad

    Uranium Mining and Enrichment – Nuclear Bomb -Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing

  • Is NPR finally getting real with this story?… They seem to be saying it like it is instead of sugar coating all things nuclear?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      things get real just before someone gets fired or muzzled. How do you control the controllers? I would even try voodoo, doesnt it work? Cmon Haiti!

      • or-well

        Mind over matter
        and Earth-Magic spells,
        meditation, the power of smells,
        Feng Shui and Ley Lines and ringing bells,
        (or I've some Relics I'd like to sell),
        Intentionality or Remote Viewing,
        Non-corporeality and Astral Plane doing,
        Transcendental mayhem or peyote chewing
        hell, lets try them all
        (if you haven't already!)
        before it goes kablooie and we all end up deady.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          hahaha, trade you my synchrometer for an old radionics machine, or better yet a nice drink of gin and bitters

          • or-well

            hehe, keep the hardware, but I'll clink glasses – a wee dram of Jura single malt. To positive change!

  • kintaman kintaman

    For those of us not familiar with these locations could Enenews please make it more clear where these locations are geographically?
    US east, mid, west, etc?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    This is a much bigger picture/problem than just a few acres and all this contamination is flowing into the ocean and also into the major coastal cities drinking water supplies that are all located downstream.

    Yummy and there "will be" more contamination for everybody!

    • jec jec

      All the salmon stocks, and all the sealife such as clams and seaweed are contaminated at the mouth of the Columbia River if this report is true. ANYONE eating seafood in the Pacific NW should consider themselves endangered. NO WONDER the EPA did not want to test for radiation products in the Western USA. Now I know why my family has had so many cases of cancer, why my child died of birth defects at birth, why a young 60 yr old farmer/relative just died of Pancreatic cancer. ANYONE with cancers needs to seriously take a look at their environment–this is not a 'minor' leak or issue. Those of us with children with cancers,with children with birth defects, with close relatives all with similar issues –you too can have been impacted by the criminal behavior of HANFORD work done by our own government…. Mr. Obama, this is NOT a phony scandal..this is our sad sad family history and future..

      • KDM KDM

        Sorry to hear about the loved ones you've lost. Especially your child, god bless.

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        jec, I am so sorry to hear about your baby and your other family. You are absolutely right. Cancer is a gift of the Atomic Age, one without end.

      • We Not They Finally

        It's a sad world where "the cost of doing business" is human deaths, especially of kids. So sorry.

        Heard something disturbing about cancer, just today: We don't watch Fox News (hardly), but they have t.v.'s set up at our health club. The headline today was “Tightening the definition of cancer. Experts: People getting needless treatments.” They went on to show "experts" saying that cancer is over-diagnosed and over-treated. That there's a lot less out there than people think.

        Then I remembered that the EPA just outlandishly greatly raised the limit on so-called "safe" radiation.

        Obviously,it's bad enough to deal with cancer itself; but now it looks like we may be dealing with truly foul propaganda as well. Even I was shocked at the nerviness of downplaying cancer!

        • KDM KDM

          They're trying to lower the statistics.

          • KDM KDM

            Why else would they not want to call it cancer if that's what it is. Total BS! Instead of calling them experts or doctors lets call them what they really are.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Just follow the blue links..

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    So sorry for your family/friends and that you were one of the first affected by these contamination events.

    Sadly many, many, millions more have no clue what is in store for them in the very near future.

    We humans need to grow up and get these pollution problems under control.

  • Godzilla after the Japan folks went and improved him./. Goddamnmana

  • Its sad. I grew up in Toronto and there were always whispers of higher cancer and birthdefect rates around Pickering nuclear plant near Toronto. Radiated water releases too right into Lake Ontario, drinking water source for Toronto and others.
    What little they know of anything, really. Here in Vancouver, Canada the Fraser River can yeild a 100 year Sturgeon. Protected species up here so there is a tag and release program. Not known to swim out to sea it is a puzzle that BC tagged Sturgeon get caught in the Columbia River. Radiation in the food chain is an under researched concern. How its distributed in the fish is really an unanswered question when we have no idea where salmon or sturgeon really go whether it be out to sea or in two huge rivers. How littlewe know.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I've in the PNW all my life. This is not news.
    Known since the seventies, when they detected the first leaks in the original tanks.
    Let alone the first releases in the beginning.
    I see minimizing a current event, by associating with an existing event.
    rinse, repeat…

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "They poured about 2 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste a day into sandy ponds and trenches right next to the Columbia River"
    THIS is the insanity. Man was not meant to handle poisons, he screws up every time. We can go to mars but we will flush plutonium down the toilet thinking the problem is solved

  • How we saw things in the Fifties. A few good predictions if you get into the 70s & 80s

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      from your web link, written 27 years ago;

      Dear Santa, please hurry here.
      Our daughter Marie is only four
      but her logic is as clear
      as midnight broken by the searing light
      of the bomb blast.

      She's afraid you aren't coming
      because the shelter has no chimney,
      only an air vent to filter out death.
      She smiled a little when we told her
      she'd join you in heaven.

      But the morphine is almost gone and
      she won't be able to smile much longer.

  • shadowfax

    Columbia River does not make it to the ocean anymore,dries up 100 miles out,so at least radioactivity is not making it into the ocean.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Columbia…2nd largest river in the US. Comes out at Astoria.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I Windsurfed that river for a dozen years. Many of my friends got cancer. Many died. I was lucky I guess. Only basil cell so far.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I researched Hanford back in 1990 to see what was going on. It was leaking at that time, but I was young and didn't care because it was the "Windsurfing Capitol of the World" and the bug had bitten me hard. I had a friend who came out the next year and I told him about the problem. He left the next day and never came back.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    I heard today that the US senate was starting a discussion on new regulations in regards to Spent Fuel Pools. Anyone jumping on this, or is it too little too late? After reading PB's Insider Tepco info, I'm leaning to "it's too late". Anyone with hope?

  • shadowfax

    oops soorry was thinking of the Colorado

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Feinstein and her corrupt cronies talk about how safe the spent fuel is, and what a small amount it is, and Chu says just wait for some new technology that will allow reprocessing. The world is swaying from the knock out blows of multiple reactors blown up or melted down and these monsters in peoples clothing say its safe. Excuse me, Im gettin nausiated

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We all should stop worrying because we are all in good hands..and your taxes paid for these hands!

    Gee your taxes aren't worried about your health so why should you be?

    Bring more ..more radiation contamination for everybody… and bring it now!

    Fry up a few of my friend while your at it…I am getting hungry…nothing better than a couple million puss filled/oozing radioctive cysts!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    oops..Fry up a few of my "friends" while your at it…I am getting hungry…nothing better than a couple million puss filled/oozing "radioactive" cysts!

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    A good friend of mine spent time in San Francisco in the spring. Lots of fresh fish caught that day, sea food, etc. She now has stage 4 stomach cancer. No previous history of cancer, no family history of cancer. Less than 1% prognosis to live the next for the year.

    This is going to be the common from now on. Our friends and loved ones slowly dying off from cancers. It's starting on the coastal areas and will spread inland. The radioactive material spread from sites like Hanford, and coming across from Fukushima, dries up on the shores then blows inland. The black dust that is all over Japan will soon be showing up in North America, South America and Australia.

    The lack of response from our governments is nothing more than typical nuker B.S. They know if they start radiation testing over 1/2 the produce, dairy and sea food markets would crash overnight. The coastal regions supply 80% of the fresh produce to North America. The prairie regions supply much of the world with grain. All of it is potentially contaminated.

    "Plausible Deniability" If I don't see it, it's not there. "No immediate threat to the public." It's not gonna kill you now, it will take 3-5 years before you get sick. By then they can claim that there is no direct evidence that these events caused the cancer.

    • +1

      Agreed on all points.

      Far to common!
      The wind blows dust.
      Lack of response.
      All potentially contaminated.
      Plausible Deniability.

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    No wonder why Cancer is spreading down river! 300lbs of Uranium a year will not be diluted in the Columbia River! If you have eaten food from there, or worse live around there, you better be taking the "RADIATION PROTECTION PROTOCOL" posted on the health pages at:

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Radiation is all along the California coast now! The Tsunami debris field is now ashore in CA, OR, & WA. The field surrounded the USS Ronald Reagan Task Force when #3 GE Plutonium Reactor Daiichi had a NUCLEAR DETONATION launching fuel pellets up to 2-km's (*Watch the BBC National Geographic Video of the disaster at's video page) & #4 CAUGHT FIRE & MASSIVE FALLOUT from drained fuel pool fallout (*See the Swedish Defense Forces chart at http://www.radiationhealthnew's main page) & the fallout from totally vented #2 & steam from #1 Reactors! Buckeyball Fallout is polluting CA up to 150-km inland. (*See 6-stories on this fallout on the NEWS page of Radiation Health