Officials at leaking U.S. nuclear site don’t know where leak is at or what it’s doing — “Absolutely not, it’s underground” (VIDEO)

Published: March 7th, 2013 at 3:49 pm ET
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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.

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Published: March 7th, 2013 at 3:49 pm ET
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7 comments to Officials at leaking U.S. nuclear site don’t know where leak is at or what it’s doing — “Absolutely not, it’s underground” (VIDEO)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "And can I declare that I know where it’s at or what it’s doing? The answer is absolutely not, it’s underground."

    That's a BS answer. Those leaking underground plumes have been plotted years ago. The technology for measuring underground chemical plumes from leaking storage tanks is standard stuff. All the 'supposed' testing in Bayou Corne is applicable to Hanford. This is not rocket science.

    They just don't want anyone to back-analyze just how much has gone into the river already, and how much has been removed for downstream public consumption. The DOE doesn't want to have to pay for decades of cancer clusters.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Yes it's been in the Columbia River for decades. I think Dr. Caldcott is right "our planet is in the intensive care unit" and personally I don't think a cure has been found as that is what they were hoping decades ago. "Oh don't worry we'll deal with the spent fuel and radioactive waste later". Unreal.


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  • jec jec

    The DOE will never have to pay for any illness..cause if you dont know what is dumped, you cant tell what make you sick. Have to know what nuclear products to look for. I guess a DNA test of any thyroid cancer would give a fingerprint..but..without the Hanford side being able to tell what they dumped what would that tell. But I guess if the cancer was due to nuclear fallout, and since according to DOE/EPA NO fallout in USA..the only other candidate is Hanford. So if a thyroid cancer is caused by radiation from man made products..the only candidate is Hanford. Or the EPA/DOE will have to do some fast footwork..and bribing…settlements for all compromised victims.

    …And yes, this has been going on for years and years and years. Big batch of lies to all of our families who pay with pain and disease. Not even good health insurance covers this…


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Leaking of deadly radiation never stops, U.S, Russia, Japan, in all the air and crops, thanks to nuclear.


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  • Sol Man

    The future is dim and getting worse. There is nary a thought, let alone love, for the earth or the children. Of course, corporations not capable of love or any other emotion.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Many of these corporations are run by suicidal psychopaths, who answer to even worse suicidal psychopathic major shareholders. This applies to the global banks as well as the nuclear industry.

      They will kill us all before they give up their power, to the point of total global extinction. History has never shown otherwise, when so much power was concentrated in the hands of so few.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Isn't nuclear power wonderful, Mr. GE (person) (under U.S. Supreme Court Case Law) … don't you have something disarmingly reassuring to lie to us with??? Mr. Jeff Immelt (CEO GE), Huh??? You murdering white trash wannabe mulatto???? Huh Jeff?? Say it ain't so, good buddy!!

    peace …


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