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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.