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Additional Leaks Found at Hanford

February 26, 2013

The discovery of even more leaking nuclear waste at Hanford has state officials worried. Last Friday Attorney General Bob Ferguson learned

the U.S. Dept. of Energy has now increased the number of identified leaking single-shelled radioactive waste

storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation from the one they reported last week to six—and they admit

there may be more.


This announcement came just one week after Governor Jay Inslee was told about

one of those leaking tanks. But Energy Secratary Steven Chu has now confirmed a total of 6 underground tanks near

the Columbia River are leaking high level radioactive waste. Gov. Inslee

repeated that there is no immediate health risk presented by the leaks, but that nonetheless “this is

disturbing news for all Washingtonians.”

To follow up on this discover of five additional leaking

waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, Isaac Kaplan-

Woolner called state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.