Washington Governor: No “immediate” health risk from radioactive leak — Could be first of many to come — Going on for years, not weeks? (VIDEO)

Published: February 17th, 2013 at 11:50 am ET
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KGW: “I can report that there is no immediate health risk,” Governor Jay Inslee said during a news conference Friday [...]

NHK WORLD (h/t anonymous tip): A department official [...] did not disclose how much liquid nuclear waste was gone as a whole nor the cause of the loss. [...] Speaking to reporters, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee expressed concern. The governor said there is no immediate health risk to residents [...] Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, western Japan, in 1945.

KING5:  Inslee said the amount of radioactive waste leaked does not pose an immediate public health threat, and Hanford has seen bigger leaks before, but what concerns the governor’s office is this could be the first of many leaks. [...] “There’s some suggestion that this leak has been going on for years rather than weeks,” said Inslee. [...] “We cannot leave 149 single-shelled tanks with high level radioactive liquid and sludge in the ground for decades after their design life.” [...] “Two-hundred gallons a year times 200 question marks is really the question,” said Keith Phillips, Washington state energy policy advisor.

The Guardian, April 2011: “When you hear ‘no immediate danger‘ [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can.” -Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian academy of sciences and adviser to President Gorbachev at the time of Chernobyl

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