Title: Hanford nuclear waste: Proposed storage site prompts new criticism
Source: CBS News
Reporter: Carter Evans
Date: March 7, 2013
Reporter: The U.S. Department of Energy is now trying to determine if waste from the leaking underground tanks is safe enough to transport to a permanent storage facility in New Mexico [...] And even then, the Department of Energy, which owns Hanford, can’t guarantee the plan will prevent any further leaks.
Tom Fletcher, a tank farm assistant manager at the Department of Energy: “There’s a lot of variables that goes into what is a leak, and where’s it coming from. And can I declare that I know where it’s at or what it’s doing? The answer is absolutely not, it’s underground.”
Reporter: Sending some of the radioactive sludge to the waste isolation pilot plant near Carlsbad, N.M., would only be a short-term solution to deal with approximately 5% of the 56 million gallons of nuclear waste at the site. [...] officials admit the new project could be seven years from completion.
Published: March 7th, 2013 at 3:49 pm ET