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Friday, April 22, 2016

1,000's of Gallons Dissolved Nuclear Rods Leaked-Columbia River

Leak worsens in massive Hanford tank holding nuclear waste

Catastrophic’: Up to 3,500 gallons of nuclear waste leak at Washington State storage site — RT Aver 100,000 gallons of Radioactive Liquid (Dissolved Nuclear Rods)  into the Columbia River form Hanford Nuclear Reservation today based on the size of the empty tank.
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Published on Apr 20, 2016
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Between 1949 and 1955, five more reactors were constructed at Hanford. In addition, the power levels were increased on all eight of the reactors to provide more plutonium for the country's nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. This required a significant increase in the amount of cooling water. The greater flow of cooling water reduced the time it spent in the retention basins down to as short as 20 minutes. Since the retention time was shorter the amount of radioactivity that was still present in the water when it went back into the Columbia increased. The Columbia River contamination levels were highest from 1957 to 1964. The ninth reactor built at Hanford, also the last, had a different cooling system. The N Reactor had two cooling systems and was designed so that the cooling water exposed inside the reactor was not released back into the Columbia but instead went to trenches along the banks.

Hanford:(Columbia River Warning) Radiation Forever and ever Remix January 4th, 2016
Published on Jan 3, 2016
A nuclear production complex operated by the United States federal government on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington. The site has been known by many names, including: Hanford Project, Hanford Works, Hanford Engineer Works or HEW and Hanford Nuclear Reservation or HNR. 

Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the town of Hanford in south-central Washington, the site was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world . Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at the Trinity site, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. 

Decades of manufacturing left behind 53 million US gallons (200,000 m3) of high-level radioactive waste, an additional 25 million cubic feet (710,000 m3) of solid radioactive waste thats equal to 532 miles of 8 cubic meter cement trucks bumper to bumper , 200 square miles (520 km2) of contaminated groundwater beneath the site . Not to mention the 450 billion gallons dumped into the soil in the 50s and 60s .

A leak in a massive nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Site has expanded significantly, KING 5 learned this weekend.
After leak detector alarms sounded early Sunday morning, crews at Hanford lowered a camera into the two-foot-wide space between the tank's inner and outer walls. They discovered 8.4 inches of radioactive and chemically toxic waste has seeped into the annulus.
The U.S. Department of Energy released a statement Monday calling the leak an "anticipated" outcome of an ongoing effort to empty the tank in question. The Washington state Department of Ecology said, "There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time."
But one former tank farm worker said the leak should be considered a major problem.
“This is catastrophic. This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history. The double shell tanks were supposed to be the saviors of all saviors (to hold waste safely from people and the environment),” said former Hanford worker Mike Geffre....Read more, see video:

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