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April 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

KING 5: Radioactive waste tank leaked nearly a year before officials acknowledged it

KING 5 news had a story tonight about how a Hanford worker believed that a tank containing some of the nastiest radioactive waste in the country was leaking nearly a year before the U.S. Department of Energy acknowledged the problem.

Reporter Susannah Frame writes:

Why it took DOE and the private company hired to oversee the tank a full year to conduct a thorough investigation into signs of a leak of highly radioactive waste raises a larger question about the cleanup effort at Hanford — a 586-square-mile patch of Central Washington that’s the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere.

The question: How effective is the oversight of the private contractors doing much of the complicated work at Hanford?

The DOE said it takes its oversight role seriously and that the investigation into the suspected leak was handled correctly.

You can see the King 5 report here.

Comments | Topics: Hanford, leak, radioactive waste


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