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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:16 pm

This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in US tank farm history.

The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, 2016, with up to 13 000 liters (3 500 gallons) of new waste.

The leak occurred at the double-shell storage known as AY-102, which has been leaking small amounts of nuclear waste since 2011. It is estimated that about 265 liters (70 gallons) of waste leaked from the tank in recent years.

Although it's unclear exactly how much waste spilled out over the weekend, estimates place the amount at somewhere between 11 300 and 13 200 liters (3 000 and 3 500 gallons).

"This is catastrophic," Mike Geffre, former Hanford worker who first discovered the leak, told King5 News. "This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double-shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors (to hold waste safely from people and the environment).”

According to King5 News, after Geffre first discovered the leak in 2011, the government contractor managing the tanks did not acknowledge the problem until 2012 and the work to remove the remaining waste from the tank did not start until last month.

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Post by Lenzabi on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:24 am

Nuclear Industry, as bad as Big Oil

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