Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- 'We Don't Know Each Other': Film Explores Tension Between Africans & African Americans
- Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive?
- Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
- Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs
- 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'
News & Music Contributors
HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION
Wed September 4, 2013
Hanford: Tank Farm Closure Given Federal All-Clear to Resume Work
The tank farms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are cleared to resume work after a high-radiation incident briefly shut down much of the site last month.
In late August, Hanford workers responded to an emergency of a high radiation reading near a tank known as C-101.
In a new letter to Hanford workers, manager for the Office of River Protection Kevin Smith said it turns out there was no leak. He said “pre-existing contamination” on some concrete near the tank “could have been exposed when insulating blankets shifted.” There is a 4-inch square of contamination where elevated beta radiation levels were detected, he said.
A Hanford contractor is preparing to re-start pumping activities, Smith said, and some pre-pumping work will begin this week.
Washington state Department of Ecology officials say they are encouraged that radioactive waste removals will start up again. They added delays were fairly brief.