TV: Most hazardous material on planet leaking at U.S. nuclear site — Would contaminate our food chain for hundreds of years to come if it reaches Columbia River (VIDEO)

Published: April 29th, 2013 at 12:11 pm ET


Title: Hanford worker’s struggle to ‘do the right thing’
Source: KING 5
Date: April 25, 2013

Reporter: We’ve heard about other leaking tanks, so why is this one so important? This tank is holding waste that is so toxic that if it were to eat through its outer shell and reach the nearby the Columbia River it would contaminate irrigation water, crops,  salmon, our food chain — not for months, but for hundreds of years to come. […]

Underfoot, the most hazardous material on earth is brewing inside a million gallon double shell tank.

Hanford Worker: This tank is holding the nastiest of nastiest stuff at Hanford.

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Published: April 29th, 2013 at 12:11 pm ET


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29 comments to TV: Most hazardous material on planet leaking at U.S. nuclear site — Would contaminate our food chain for hundreds of years to come if it reaches Columbia River (VIDEO)

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…This tank is holding the nastiest of nastiest stuff…"

    That doesn't help me at all. Is it haggis or lutefisk?

    • HanfordOnHeart HanfordOnHeart

      Thank you, PavewayIII, for the laugh! It's so important to maintain a sense of humor in the face of all this terrible news.


    only correction would be, the resulting contamination would last for hundreds-of-thousands of years…not hundreds…

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Typical corporate B.S. "It's rain water getting into the tank.. nothing to be concerned about" Sounds like the government sound bite, "No immediate threat to public health".

    What I found amusing is the governor comments that the contractor,WRPS , would be completely "transparent" in working with the investigative team, yet the contractor continually denies that the leaks found a year before were actual issues. They know if leaks were found that it would cause HUGE amount of money in investigation, clean-up, decontamination, environmental impact analysis, etc. I'm curious to know when the WRPS contract at Hanford is up. I could see them wanting to wait out the contract and not report any leaks so they don't have to deal with it.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "..if it reaches the Columbia River."
    If this..if that…spouted like dreamy children..

    Formally classified DOE documents have disclosed that beginning in 1944, Hanford spewed more than 140 million curies of radiation into the air, soil, and water in and around the Hanford site. [2] A total of 237 various radionuclides have been documented to have been released into the air and water at Hanford; 71 radionuclides into the Columbia River and 166 radionuclides released into the area's atmosphere.

    • combomelt combomelt

      Disgusting. Im Angry as fission. I wish there were solutions but i think Only Time will be the final one that has NO competitors. Now it is ONLY Time that will sing the lyrical truth played with the music of everyone's horror, accompanied by the irreverent arrogant useless spin of the frothing and writhing nuclear industry cabal.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I watched a video about the contamination of the Columbia River on Youtube two years ago, great video but of course they keep deleting it as it shows nuclear hot spots around the world. Anyway the researchers got in a boat to get as close to Hanford as possible without being seen and took samples of the soil and water. Took them back to their lab and both were highly contaminated but I think the devils brew in these holding tanks is even worse as I've read it's that nastiest stuff on the planet.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        moonshellblue, I saw that video too. The Columbia River was and is very contaminated by Hanford.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      Just published: Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Disasters. 2013, Oxford University Press, N.Y. $27.95

      Which tells the story of Hanford and Cheliabinsk (U.S.S.R.) from their inception.

      Yes. The Columbia River was Hanford's source of water and was polluted with radioactivity from the beginning, as was the air. Cheliabinsk was patterned after Hanford. It was worse on the workers who were largely prisoners. They handled plutonium with their bare hands.

      And Hanford's Richland was a segregated city from the very beginning. Whites and blacks lived in different towns. Top management knew what it was doing and held their breath to see if people would begin to die immediately or in the future. Oh, read it and try not to become as angry as I am. Even now they do not level with those who live in the surrounding area or anywhere else.

      Like Fukushima, they do not really know what to do. So they build more.

  • Cisco Cisco

    "if it reaches the Columbia River"…are you sh#tting me! Worse than those leaking tanks, highly radioactive discharges into the river and the air, reached it decades ago.

    Maybe where the tanks are leaking hasn't reached the river, but I can assure you the nuclear reactors have been dumping and off gassing nuclear materials directly into the river since the '60's. Federal law permits this.

    Look at the reactors on the riverbank at Hanford… http//

    "Nuclear reactors line the riverbank at the Hanford Site along the Columbia River in January 1960. The N Reactor is in the foreground, with the twin KE and KW Reactors in the immediate background. The historic B Reactor, the world's first plutonium production reactor, is visible in the distance."

  • Cisco Cisco

    Oops, the mid '40's

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We need reliable sources to check the river, and beyond. The nuclear waste could already be spread far and wide, and probably is, until proven otherwise.

    • Cisco Cisco

      TBP…every nuclear generating station, unless shut down, daily releases air discharges of radioactive isotopes (sometimes, massive steam dumps)…as allowed under the NRC's jurisdiction.

      "Dilution" was the Govt/Industry's/NRC's rationale for gaining acceptance for what they term as safe exposure levels. Oops, they left out the part about bio-accumulation, convenient huh?

      There isn't a NPP on the planet that doesn't have a disease/cancer cluster downwind of the prevailing breeze. The proof is everywhere; the Govt/Industry/NRC control the press and airways and they have historically run a misinformation campaign effectively drowning out the real science for decades. Oh, and of course, co-sponsored by the MSN and their political shills.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Maybe the REAL reason for the collapse of the wild salmon fisheries in the Northwest?

  • papacares papacares

    Never before has a generation so spent the future of all generations after them in such a careless and irresponsible way

    How many other Hanfords are out there? Hanford only presents
    one U.S. research and development facility. Sure there are several other sites worldwide much dirtier than Hanford releasing even greater amounts of Radioactive Isotopes.

    While it was presumed what every country possessed when they were able to join the nuclear club was security from a fear of mass mutual destruction. Now it is clear what was actually being accomplished is the mass mutual destruction of every country and person on the planet. The premise is supported by the failure over the last 70 years to safely dispose of or safely maintain the toxic waste being generated by these stations. Now for thousands of years and trillions in cost nuclear will require a constant nursing, resulting in the despair of the old as they die out and the wavering realization of failure for the young as they despise the generation who brought upon them this tragedy. The only hope they will have is to contain it long enough so they do not immediately die, then reality sets in and as they pass it on to the next generation despair and the cycle begins anew.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    thorium(IV)oxide is white
    Eu2O3 europium oxide is also white
    if they put it in a tungsten container :
    Cesium tungsten oxide is also white.

  • Beyond Zero Point

    Intuitive Post! Myself at this time am so angry that I HOPE the predicted flyby of aka Nibiru, Worm Wood, Planet X in August of this year will happen! I hope all that has been prophesized will come to fruition, so Mother Earth can start the cleansing of the Primordial, Bipedal Parasite that is destroying Her. Myself included for not trying to stop this insanity. Fellow travelers, we have blown an INCREDIBLE Opportunity!!!!
    Bless All Of You With LOVE

    • pcjensen

      hm. I prefer seeing culprits going to jail over ultimate destruction for all.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      2 Beyond Zero Point,

      Chernobyl is the same word as Wormwood. Wormwood is already come upon us. The prophecy is Wormwood would fall from the sky and taint the waters.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        The third part of the waters will be poisoned.

        OK, the real prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. I hope not to be around when that occurs, and it's not something I'd wish on anyone.

        But nuclear accidents have certainly poisoned the earth.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Just raise the acceptable limits and it will all be okay. Let' go kayaking!!

    How many years have they had to figure this out?
    Who is going to jail? That is what I want to know.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    What cha mean, smart guy, "…if it reaches the Columbia River…"? Didn't that happen years ago? Or am I just a CT-ist?

  • pcjensen

    leaks did indeed reach the colombia years ago