“U.S. state on alert after nuclear waste leak” — Governor: “This is most disturbing news”… No ‘immediate’ public health threat #Hanford

Published: June 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am ET


The Australian, June 22, 2013: US state on alert after nuclear waste leak […] HEIGHTENED radioactivity levels have been found outside a nuclear waste tank in the US state of Washington, officials say, in a new alert about a site used to make Cold War-era bombs. Governor Jay Inslee said there was no immediate public health threat […] A spokeswoman for Washington state’s Ecology Department explained why the new finding was so disturbing. “Until last night, it was thought the leak was contained in the outer shell, but workers detected elevated radioactivity levels within the leak detection pit,” Erica Holmes said.

CNN, June 22, 2013: The elevated reading, however, doesn’t pose an immediate public health threat, [Washington Gov. Jay Inslee] said. “This is most disturbing news for Washington,” the governor said in a statement. […]

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Published: June 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am ET


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50 comments to “U.S. state on alert after nuclear waste leak” — Governor: “This is most disturbing news”… No ‘immediate’ public health threat #Hanford

  • weeman

    No immediate threat to public, unfortunately the future public health is in question and will make vast areas uninhabitable, just one more escape of radioactivity into environment, tell me.if radioactivity keeps accumulating in our environment, at what point or level will it become detrimental to all life forms on earth, except mushrooms.
    In there way off thinking they will splice the DNA from mushrooms to humans to resolve this problem, instead of remediation.

    • alreadyconsidereddead alreadyconsidereddead

      "In there way off thinking they will splice the DNA from mushrooms to humans to resolve this problem, instead of remediation."
      they think of us all as expendable mushrooms already,, feeding us bull and never turning the light on.

      sadly,, most of the alternative media is also compromised and full of gatekeepers that believe as jack nicholson famously declared, "you can't handle the truth".

      I am honestly impressed with enenews. bless them for what they give us.

  • Jebus Jebus

    What is the half life of "no immediate health threat"?
    10 years? 20 years? 30 years? 40 years? 50 years?
    Hanford was built to be a health threat.
    Hanford has been "leaking" for decades.
    When does it become an "immediate health threat"?
    Nuclear waste leaking from Hanford inherited by govenor number ?.
    You can't add enough wrongs to make Hanford right.
    Why is it so urgent now? Seeping over decades towards the ocean.
    Oh thats right, it might cause some nasty radionuclides to reach our one ocean some day if we don't fix it. Fix it? When?
    But that's not the real reason this "revelation" has "surfaced" again.

    As Fukushima's island of dreams, flies into the ocean, sentencing all onboard, the media responds by saying, "The industry is still searching feverishly for Amelia"…

    • irhologram

      Hanford may be "so urgent now" because of the unexpected release of H2S, which eats through metal and concrete and seems to be appearing everywhere. I don't "know" this, but it's very logical. Consider for a moment a "what if." What if they really aren't as stupid as some here think…but got caught with their pants down, like a deer in the headlights and no pocket change ? Now there's a mixed metaphor for you. A deer with its pants down, unable to move out of the way of a speeding H2S. Oops. Another mixed metaphor. Lol

  • lyvette

    I call BULLsh*t!! There are NO safe levels of radiation!! I'm so sick of the government lying about the health hazards of nuclear!!

    The Hanford situation is BAD, let's be honest…something the government can NEVER be 🙁

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      lyvette I'm with you I too grow weary of the pro nuckleheads spouting "no danger to the public or levels are too low to be a danger and of course the old banana comparison. Hanford is BAD.

  • nedlifromvermont

    perhaps it something the government will just have to try — just this once … a little honesty … about the GIGANTIC FRAUD which is called "nuclear power."

    We could all use a little honesty, from our government, about all things nuclear, right about now.

    peace …

  • “This is most disturbing news for [state of] Washington,” the governor said.

    Common sense would suggest…

    1. We should STOP making more of this stuff. Immediately!
    2. Cleanup, at any cost, the mess that's been made.

    The list of 'known' contamination sites like Hanford around the world is a long one.

    🙁 Here's a TOP 10 list

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      If they shut down all nuclear reactors today it would be five years before they're cool enough to dry cask which is also prone to leaks. Like Arnie says nuke plants are easy to start vs decommissioning, We need creative, brilliant individuals working toward a solution 24./7 which should have been done prior to turing on these death traps, IMHO

  • Jebus Jebus

    Same as it ever was…

    August 1991 NUCLEAR WASTE
    Hanford Single-Shell Tank Leaks Greater Than Estimated


    Remember, that Tepco inspired radioactive ocean plume of radionuclides is getting very close to the west coast.

    Believe Gov Inslee, when he says to look elsewhere for an
    "immediate public health threat".

    An immediate public health threat is a prompt criticality to the Nuclear Industry.

    No immediate public health threat is a slow burn…

  • WorseThanChernobyl

    They are afraid of losing funding for their bogus clean-up operation. That is why there is suddenly all these admissions. They have known about these leaks and radiation releases for decades.

  • amberlight amberlight

    Again the "no immediate public health threat" mantra! HOW BLOODY STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE!? And why isn't there a mass uprising by the locals?

    "U.S. state on alert" It should be the entire Pacific Northwest on alert. It's not like this crap respects political boundaries.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I know let's refuse to pay our taxes until they clean up this mess. Okay you first. :>)

      • combomelt combomelt

        But if EVERYONE refused….

        • irhologram

          The IRS is buying shotguns. Matt Drudge is reporting that the website FEDBIZOPPS.Gov. has posted a request for quotes from suppliers for 12 gauge pump action shotguns to be submitted to the IRS. An excerpt from the website says:
          "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

          READ: Combat training.

          • irhologram

            From comments, Breibart.com. eighthnote Idolator88 • 4 months ago −
            Check out usaspending.gov. Search ammunitions purchases. There is a filter on the right side of the page to specify your search by year, department, size of ordinance, etc…
            As far as I could tell, under the current admin (the last 4 years) there has been 2 to 3 hundred million dollars spent on all depts, excluding DOD and DOJ. Average cost per round of small ordinance (9mm up to .308) is 0.11 per. Included are ordinance of 30mm+ and 75mm+.
            Also check out DHS total spending for 2011 and 2012. about 1.250 trillion per year. Over 1/3 total US spending. It's all over the news, don't ya know!?!
            Idolator88 Jeanette • 4 months ago −
            According to this website, usaspending.gov, Homeland Security alone has increased small arms ammunition purchases from $673,000 in 2010 up to $6,891,000 in 2012! Much of the ammo,is,hollow point,…definitely not for target practice.

  • combomelt combomelt

    "Leak detection pit"

    Nuff said.


  • Cisco Cisco

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"…Upton Sinclair

    Just another elected psychopath feasting on the phenomenally lucrative atomic corpse.

    Go Gov, you suck!

  • combomelt combomelt

    "Most disturbing…"

    Oh yeah? What is "most disturbing" governor?

    Please enlighten us all as to what is "most disturbing".

    Answer the question Islee, you spineless nuclear evangelist.

    It takes a genuine psychopath to WANT the "job" of WA governor.
    To DESIRE to become a member/next in line of WA governors is the point of the narcissicists pinnacle.
    Islee is simply the latest puppet to occupy the "office"

    Governors of a nuclear catastrophe.
    Governors of ruin.
    Governors of inaction and complacency.

    Worshippers prostrated at the altar of deception.

    They are GUILTY of POISONING us all.

  • ML

    "When you hear 'no immediate danger' [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can."
    These are the words of Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian Academy of Zciences, and adviser to President Gorbachev at the time of Chernobyl.

  • Sol Man

    We can only hope that any enemies out there do not ever seek to use this vulnerability against all. Understand the absolute weakness, and ele, that this could represent.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Sol Man,

    The beginning of the ELE rests on just one pump failure. "Could" is no longer the correct operative word; "when" is.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Yea & cows can fly, well they do if caught up in a vortex of a torando! How much will it take to wake the publis why they are dying off in the millions because of this type of deadly waste left all over the planet on land & all the seas that is the cause of CANCER? They won't, you know why? The propaganda system put in place by the powers who hold the world hostise be it finanial or the sorry lack of repersrtation the people get from those in elected office! When the house cards fall & it wikk at the rate the western nations are going, heck there be no funds left to contain a small nuclear screw up that has become a every day thing, yet goes unreported by the Lame SM, they are as fault as the ones who left the killing waste there too! Maybe the NSA may help, but count on it!

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Dangerous Waste Characteristics of Contract-Hanford Transuranic Mixed Wastes from Hanford Tanks
    PNNL-14832 Rev.1

    “,,,The dangerous waste characteristics being considered include ignitability (D001), corrosivity (D002), reactivity (D003), and toxicity arising from the presence of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol
    at levels above the dangerous waste threshold (D041). The analytical data reviewed with respect to waste code D001 included differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the percent of the lower flammability limit (LFL) calculated from the composition of the headspace. Con
    centrations of sulfur, sulfate, cyanide, and the composition of headspace (vapor space) and DSC were reviewed for waste code D003; and pH was reviewed for D002. For waste code D041, the analytical data reviewed included the concentrations of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol, total organic carbon (TOC), and oxalate. Data on mercury concentrations in these wastes were also included. DSC results were used to determine the energetics of the tank wastes as a function of emperature. These results are summarized for each of the three tank categories. …”

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “…All transuranic elements pose hazards to the health and environment and are known to cause cancer and birth defects when exposed to people in long term or high quantities.
      “There are many methods for storing radioactive transuranic elements. The most common method involves storing transuranic waste underwater for 3-5 years before moving them into barrels and storing them deep underground.[5]

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Wormwood Forrest: A Natural History of Chernobyl, p. 224:
      “…there are 2,000 to 3,000 cubic meters of water in the structure…And the amount of transuranic elements in it is increasing with time.

      "In contrast to fission products such as cesium-137 and strontium-90 that are merely radioactive, transuranic elements such as uranium and plutonium are also capable of fission. Since water is a moderator, slowing neutrons so that they are more likely to hit other atomic nuclei in a chain reaction, the transuranic soup accumulating in the bowels of the reactor poses the risk of starting an uncontrolled nuclear reaction….Concentrating transuranic elements could create a critical mass that will sustain fission…”

      Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl [Hardcover]
      Mary Mycio (Author), Joseph Henry Press (Author)

      • papacares papacares

        thanx anne – how do you ever find the time? please do not wear yourself out like majia, what you 2 are accomplishing is much

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          TY, papacares. My younger sister and my daughter are fighting cancer, or the treatment of it. I have to put my grief somewhere. And I'm taking a free online class on Nuclear Engineering and I have to be able to answer and explain on the pro-nuke discussions the problems with their arguments. And there are students there who are taking the class to learn how to argue against nuclear energy and weapons.

          • jec jec

            My daughter as well, due to radiation exposure..We lived near Chernobyl in 1985-87..and we also lived/were born in the reach of Hanford WA contamination. A 2FER. I just have terrible autoimmune diseases, arthritis and now lupus. And bones just melting away in my spine. What is this terrible stuff doing to everyone??

            • Sickputer

              Jec…Another anecdotal statement: a close relative lived in Seattle for two years in the late 1980s and later four years in Las Vegas and another year in Colorado. She has had surgery for sauamous cell skin cancer, and had a heart attack. Age early 50s. Her only son age early thirties has lost all teeth to disease and had three surgeries for abdominal issues and hernias.

              Modern societies in the technological countries are slowly regressing back to lifespans of long ago and current third world countries like Uganda. Japan, one of the leaders in exceptionally long lifespans should experience a sizable decline.

              They may be fudging sudden deaths of newborns, but that is just speculative from my viewpoint. Certainly the officials have lied on many issues so it wouldn't be such a stretch for doctors to be involved in death record forgeries.

  • Sickputer

    The bureaucrats have no idea what to do with nuclear waste. They don't protect their own employees so why would they protect citizens several hundred miles from Hanford Site?

    Take the US Navy as another example. They called the 10-day scrub down of the Ronald Reagan ship a "countermeasure" against the invisible radiation the ship encountered off the beaches of Fukushima.

    Look at this high-res photo… How many young women do you see and second question… How many are wearing radiation suits and breathing apparatus?


    See a single respirator in use? No… Because the government doesn't give a damn about worker safety or civilian safety. They will lie to your face until you are dead from radiation effects. And then they blame your death on natural causes. The only immediate danger is for the public to actually believe the lies of Big Brother.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The professor who is teaching my Nuclear Engineering class says we should use Yucca Mt. and reprocessing nuclear waste. And the students are parroting him. One student (probably a professional) says we should use Thorium Molten Salt reactors and reprocessing. They lie to the politicians and says that this is possible. They also argue that you get more radiation when you are next to a banana than when you are next the Fukushima Daiichi.

      Either they are completely demented or they are just lying for the money and completely stupid. Whoever controls the money controls the propaganda and the lies. When I post something as simple as a website that shows the destruction in photos at uranium sites around the world with no comments of mine at all, I get a net of 4 or 5 minus votes. What is there to vote down? The photos are just the reality. How can anyone vote down photos of reality? How can someone vote down the truth?

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Sorry, next to Fukushima Daiichi.

        • Sickputer

          Anne… They are stupid…:-)

          It's kind of interesting from a historical viewpoint to estimate how many citizen years have been cut short by the 300 open air nuclear bomb tests, the 4,000 USA uranium mines and the contamination of Hanford Site (just to mention possibly the worst three examples of American nuclear toxin releases).

          "The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are 4000 mines with documented uranium production, and another 15,000 locations with uranium occurrences in 14 western states,[34] most found in the Four Corners area and Wyoming."

          "Many uranium miners in the Four Corners region contracted lung cancer and other pathologies as a result of high levels of exposure to radon in the mid-1950s. The increased incidence of lung cancer was particularly pronounced among Native American and Mormon miners, because those groups normally have low rates of lung cancer."


          SP: The 1940s war efforts in nuclear bombs achieved victory in Japan in 1945. Estimates are 1 million service personnel were saved from not having to launch a conventional invasion.

          The main technical contractor left Hanford after victory and closed up shop:

          "Hanford’s builders. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Company, insisted from the start that their contract at Hanford would end with the war. It did."

          http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/cmsAdmin/uploads/Hot_Water.pdf Page 5 of 73

          • Sickputer


            "Five months after V-J Day, Hanford was all but deserted. The lull did not last long, however. In June 1946, the War Department announced General Electric would replace Dupont as contractor at the site. By August the production of plutonium had resumed in earnest. Next came a major expansion. In December 1948 David Lilienthal, the first chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), announced that Hanford would become the site of “the largest peacetime construction job in American history.”

            "This expansion, which continued to the completion of the Hanford PUREX plant in 1956, added five plutonium production reactors to the three built during the war, and three chemical processing plants to the original three. Hanford was going to be around awhile."
            Page 5 of 73 previous post URL

            SP: Radiation reached the Columbia River by underground seepage within 7 years despite goverment vendor claims it would take 175 years. 51 miles of the Columbia River flows through the toxic area. That section is named the Hanford Reach.

            13 million inhabitants in the adjoining states are at high risk of early death from Hanford contaminants, by water and air releases. Far more citizen years of life have been cut short than from the human savings of our nuclear deterent policy.

            Many humans die early in contaminated areas across the globe from radiation poisoning. There is no closure to Pandora's Box. No hope, no promises, just mad scientist-induced destruction.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      The sailors did not know there was radiation was on the ship (you can't see, smell, taste, feel, or hear it) but the Admirals DID. How cynical is this? Also, I make the assumption that the soap suds were being pushed off into the water. Small wonder that a lawsuit is underway. There probably should be more than one.

  • irhologram

    Anyone who will research it will find that Japan was beaten, knew they were beaten, and wanted to surrender …and that the U.S. knew this. But we wanted to "teach" them that they could not make the choice to surrender. We wanted them to have no choice. Besides, we had already built the bomb. Who were we going to use it on to prove world dominance in the "divvy-up" after WWII ended? Without the bomb, the one million soldier justification…is merely justification. The fallback thread when advocates back peddle on this is that a surrender would have taken weeks to arrange and thousands of soldiers would have been killed, although there is no basis in fact that a surrender takes weeks. And another popular fallback at this point in discussion is that we wanted to utterly humiliate the emperor, which was necessary because Japanese loyalty to the emperor would insure surrender. But the emperor already wanted to surrender. IMO Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked for pure spite, for evil revenge, and bloodlust. As I watch Netflix WWII documentaries with my vet Dad, soldier after young soldier says: they felt "alive" and grown-up, an all-boys commeradery, that it was "fun" strafing as a pilot in a macho machine, that it was "opportunity," that they commanded respect, and that they felt a rush with each "kill," and foot soldiers admit to shooting all prisoners, having bought into the paradigm, For GOD and Country. War=Hate=Hell. And radiation Karma is a bitch.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      The principle remains the same doesn't it? What is the difference between dropping bombs on large cities and killing thousands of people instantly, and remotely controlling drones to kill people (including children) instantly? It is only in the number killed each time.

      How little those who are called upon to serve and die realize what the politics of a war are. Naturally the government goes out of its way to ensure they don't know the truth.

      "Make the world safe for democracy!" Question to the government: when did we ever have a democracy? We certainly do not have it now. Neither the President nor Congress take our wishes into account because the people want only peace.

      Ask yourselves–when did the government begin to use propaganda on the people? How far back in time would one have to go? IMHO we are being, and have been, farmed in many ways.

    • We Not They Finally

      irHologram, I totally concur that NO, there would NOT have been a million more service personnel lost if not for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A MILLION? That's crazy. It's just saying that you had to murder all those people, you "had no choice." Nagasaki alone was gratuitous. And a bomb exploded on a deserted island would have made the point without Hiroshima. Besides, WHY JAPAN? It was Germany that was the SCIENCE threat. Oh, I'm just ruffled about that Project Paper Clip thing? Where Nazi scientists got amnesty for their help in building the nukes??

      Evil begets evil begets evil. I mean look — we just "had to" build tens of thousand of nukes, right? — except that they never went to nuke the Russians, just to poison US.

      Evil in, evil out. Why not just have a rule that murdering millions of civilians, or even PLANNING to murder millions of civilians, is BAD?

  • irhologram

    Should have read: soldier after FORMERLY young soldier.

  • irhologram

    nP agreement, but with a caveat. What was MOST shocking wasn't that international power-broker-criminals would do this. What hit me in the gut was the sheer number of times the word "fun" was used to describe killing. That comes from somewhere else other than not knowing the "politics of war" or not being told the truth. See, they ENJOYED it, and so were easy pawns. When did the government begin to use propaganda on the people? Well, in this country, what I've read states it was with Sir Thomas Moore and a protege of his, who envisioned a new country that could be under oligarchy control. You know…all that conspiracy stuff…about masons and such. And it wasn't Eisenhower(pro-nukes guy that he was) who first warned of such a conspiracy that he called the "military-industrial" comples. It was George Washington. So in this country, how long has this been going on? Since the beginning, but with Sigmund Freud's nephew genius propagandist, media became employed. Now there is a tool.

  • irhologram

    Gosh, I'm having such trouble with my eyes, probably psiatic arthritis involvement, and now an infection. Sorry. That was addressed to NP. Yes, I have an immune deficiency…was diagnosed with CFS in 2003, yes, my home in FL is six miles from a nuke plant…but do I attribute this to that? Well, while it may have contributed, CFIDS, Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome, as it used to be called then, seemed to advance from "pods" of contagion…the first outbreak at a Sacramento hospital when 118 (I think that was the number) all came down with it at once. Then it appeared at Incline Village in Nevada, where CDC investigators accused them of being malingerers. Yeah, while on vaca…lol. There were about three research centers that coincidentally were where the outbreaks were. Sarc. One was the University of Miami, an area I traveled frequently in sales for Clear Channel radio. Some say it was a bug intentionally released. I wouldn't know about that. What I do know is that Congressional funding for CFIDS was pirated for aides research. There was a joke among sufferers, that they were going to protest on the Capitol steps, but they all fell asleep. Which is really pretty close to what happened in my case. Couldn't muster the strength to file for disability. Got through it with alternative meds, meditation and a determination to be happy. Anyhow, please pardon my bad eyesight.

    • We Not They Finally

      irhologram, that's really sad and really informative. Once people's energy is sapped from a damaged immune system, there is less energy to resist it, much less to combat what did it. A grave upcoming concern is that the medical system will be so overwhelmed, that whatever healthy people could be doing now (education, organizing, protest) won't be possible then.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Here we go again with the same statement:
    "No ‘immediate’ public health threat".

    I keep replying "What about later, how will our health be, how will the environment be" I still don't get those answers.

    Our world is changing with potential dangers, our planet is forever changed by radiation.

    We cannot coexist with radiation.
    If we don't protect our environment, we can't expect to survive.

    It's not like we don't have safer alternatives.
    Since there are safer alternatives, then they should be used.
    Time to lay down the greed, corruption and be responsible to our future generations and to our environment.

  • We Not They Finally

    "No immediate threat to public health" just means that you are no more likely to drop dead tomorrow than you were yesterday. And since nearly everything shy of a nuclear bomb being dropped directly on your head will take more than 24 hours to develop, the threat is rarely "immediate." It's all cynical to the point of evil.

    • Wotcha Wotcha

      @WNTF I totally agree. Every time I read them say 'No immediate threat' it just angers me. The PTB trot this out time after time just to placate ppl with the notion that they won't drop dead any time soon, never mind that the cancers will build up over time and likely lead to a drawn out and painful demise. And this catastrophe is still unfolding – it has a LONG way to go yet. There is NO technology yet available to tame this 'beast' and the cost of trying to do so is already astronomical, so the all-out effort required is largely prohibitive.