Title: Department of Ecology looking into leak at DOE site
Source: NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA
Author: Lisa Loevsky
Date: Posted: Feb 09, 2012 9:22 PM EST Updated: Feb 10, 2012 12:25 AM EST
Department of Ecology looking into leak at DOE site
NBC Right Now has learned there’s been a leak at the Central Waste Complex site, a Department of Energy facility at Hanford. [...]
This is a developing story.
NBC’s information via Washington State Department of Ecology Radioactive Waste Program
- Confirmed there was a radioactive reading found near a concrete box containing radioactive waste
- Discovered on February 6th
- Concrete container did have a crack
- There has been a radioactive reading
- Whether a substance actually leaked out of the box, and what it is, remains unknown
- Conducting an investigation to see what the substance is and how long it’s been sitting out
- Not letting anyone within 30 feet of the area
Anonymous Workers at State and Federal Agencies
[S]everal workers who do not wish to be identified in the Department of Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency say there is concern about the way these containers are being stored at the Central Waste Complex.
If it’s not hazardous, who cares whether someone was exposed to it? (Emphasis Added)
Department of Energy spokesperson Geoff Tyree says that DOE cannot confirm that there is a leak, and that DOE workers say they have not found a crack. He adds that the material on the ground next to the container is not hazardous, and that workers are not exposed to it.
Read the report and check for updates at KNDO here
Published: February 10th, 2012 at 12:41 pm ET