November 09, 2010
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation holds more than 50 million gallons of nuclear waste in leaky, single shell tanks. This is just one of many radioactive problems that need to be cleaned dealt with.
The plan is to build a high tech vitrification plant that will encapsulate that waste inside glass logs for long term storage. It’s a complicated process, and has so far been fraught with delays. Recently, the U.S. District Court in Spokane approved a new schedule that delays the cleanup of radioactive waste from the nation's most contaminated nuclear site by about 20 years.
Watchdog groups have complained that the delays are too long, but state and federal officials said the agreement imposes a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for removing the toxic waste from underground tanks at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation.
Now, a Hanford whistleblower is calling attention to even greater issues with the proposed vitrification plant.
Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with one of the leading Hanford cleanup activists, Tom Carpenter with Hanford Challenge.