Title: Options evaluated for leaking Hanford tanks
Source: KIRO 7
Date: Feb. 28, 2013
KIRO: Officials at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are considering a number of options to deal with six leaking waste tanks there [...]Senator Doug Erickson: “I think the most important thing that we heard today is currently there is no threat to human life and health to the Tri Cities area and throughout Washington state.” [...]
KIRO: All of [Hanford's 149] single-shell tanks have been declared unfit and must be emptied and removed. Six tanks are leaking. The radioactive material in the tanks is extremely reactive and always changing, so draining them could be dangerous. The long-term plan to deal with the problem is to build a chemical treatment plant.
Jane Hedges of the Washington state Department of Ecology: “It is an extremely complex facility, probably the most complex chemical facility in the United States, because of the type of waste it has to treat,” said Hedges.
Published: March 1st, 2013 at 12:40 am ET