November 06, 2012
nation's largest collection of deadly wastes left behind from the production of nuclear weapons sits at south-
central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Energy, which oversees
the site, revealed a slow leak in the oldest of 28 double-shell waste tanks, saying a small amount of waste was
leaking into the space between the inner and outer walls.
tanks to replace the older, already failing single shell tanks that hold millions of gallons of radioactive
blowing group Hanford Challenge originally discovered the new leaking tank, and now the DOE has officially
announced they are working to deal with the problem. It is yet another incident that highlights the dangerous
nature of stored nuclear waste, and underscores the importance of creating a longer term, safer
Kaplan-Woolnerhas more with Tom Carpenter of Hanford
For its part, the Department of Energy says no waste is believed to have leaked from the double walled tank into
the environment on the reservation near Richland.
"font-size: 14pt"> The state Department of Ecology is working with federal
officials to decide how to deal with the leak.