ZERO Managed Quality Controls!Check the picture and tell me these workers are suited up:http://news.yahoo.com/6-leaking-tanks-hanford-nuke-sites-lat..."YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks."The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose-> no immediate risk to public safety <- or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.But the news has renewed discussion over delays for emptying the tanks, which were installed decades ago and are long past their intended 20-year life span."None of these tanks would be acceptable for use today. They are all beyond their design life. None of them should be in service," said Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a Hanford watchdog group. "And yet, they're holding two-thirds of the nation's high-level nuclear waste."Just last week, state officials announced that one of Hanford's 177 tanks was leaking 150 to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers. So far, nearby monitoring wells haven't detected higher radioactivity levels.Inslee then traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss the problem with federal officials, learning in meetings Friday that six tanks are leaking.The declining waste levels in the six tanks were missed because only a narrow band of measurements was evaluated, rather than a wider band that would have shown the levels changing over time, Inslee said."It's like if you're trying to determine if climate change is happening, only looking at the data for today," he said. "Perhaps human error, the protocol did not call for it. But that's not the most important thing at the moment. The important thing now is to find and address the leakers."Department of Energy spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler said there was no immediate health risk and that federal officials would work with Washington state to address the matter.Regardless, Sen. Ron Wyden, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate Hanford's tank monitoring and maintenance program, said his spokesman, Tom Towslee.The federal government built the Hanford facility at the height of World War II as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. The remote site produced plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, and continued supporting the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal for years.Today, it is the most contaminated nuclear site in the country, still surrounded by sagebrush but with Washington's Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco several miles downriver.Several years ago, workers at Hanford completed two of three projects deemed urgent risks to the public and the environment, removing all weapons-grade plutonium from the site and emptying leaky pools that held spent nuclear fuel just 400 yards from the river.But successes at the site often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges. Nowhere have those challenges been more apparent than in Hanford's central plateau, home to the site's third most urgent project: emptying the tanks.Hanford's tanks hold some 53 million gallons of highly radioactive waste — enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools — and many of those tanks are known to have leaked in the past. An estimated 1 million gallons of radioactive liquid has already leaked there. ..."
"The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose-> no immediate risk to public safety <- or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.FYI, the government has been saying this about leaking tanks at Hanford for not less than 20 years.
FYI, the government has been saying this about leaking tanks at Hanford for not less than 20 years. -----------------------------------------------------I haven't been following the story. Then why is this info coming out now? Is there some nuclear plants waiting for approval or something?
"FYI, the government has been saying this about leaking tanks at Hanford for not less than 20 years."...................And that's why when I have been to their sites in WA. and ID. I always have my rad meter with me and check around me when I step down to the ground.You can't trust what they say, or their documentation when you deal with them.
"I haven't been following the story. Then why is this info coming out now? Is there some nuclear plants waiting for approval or something? ".................First, it was just one tank. Then OWEbama's Team said 7 leaking tanks when and after the WA. state folks got to D.C. to find out what was actually going on.If I lived up there or worked there, I'd be real careful right now.It might be a dismissive "Benghazi Styled" pre-defense.'We already told/discussed this.''What difference does it make?'
FYI, the government has been saying this about leaking tanks at Hanford for not less than 20 years. -----------------------------------------------------I haven't been following the story. Then why is this info coming out now? Which tanks are leaking, and how much, varies.But the impression I've gotten is that it has been quite a while since they've gone a year with no tanks leaking.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/CLEANUP.NSF/0/045F8399CAA1B6BD88...http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/hanfordhttp://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/OWCM.NSF/webpage/Hanford+Federal...http://www.prisonplanet.com/radioactive-waste-is-leaking-fro...Among the companies once involved with the Hanford site cleanup - isGE.Howie52There are a few nuclear sites that have completed cleanup actions- not this one.
It's ALL about their money, not the job/mission:"The federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a new frontier.If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted. It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.And the public pays those decision-makers well: NREL’s top executive, Dr. Dan Arvizu, makes close to a million dollars per year. His two top lieutenants rake in more than half a million each and nine others make more than $350,000 a year. But what is really going on there? Energy expert Amy Oliver Cooke drove out to the site, which looks something like Nevada’s Area 51 with its remote location and forbidding concrete buildings. NREL had started a construction project and Cooke wanted to see for herself. She didn’t get far: a man in an SUV seemingly appeared out of nowhere, stopped her car, and told her to leave.Read more from this story HERE."Read more: http://joemiller.us/2013/02/secret-colorado-energy-lab-spawn...
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