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Six Underground Tanks Leaking Nuclear Waste in Washington State

By Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman | AllGov | February 27, 2013

The nation’s most daunting environmental cleanup project has a new toxic problem on its hands.

Within the Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River in Washington State, six underground storage tanks are leaking radioactive waste. Some of the tanks hold as much as 500,000-750,000 gallons of dangerous fluid that is slowing seeping into the soil.

State and federal officials said the leaks don’t pose an immediate threat to human health, since the tanks are located more than five miles from the Columbia River.

The newly discovered problem only adds to the soil contamination at Hanford, which was used for five decades to produce plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.

There are nearly 150 tanks, similar in size and design, to the six spilling radioactive liquid and sludge at the site. Four of the six tanks have leaked in the past. The news led the state’s governor, Jay Inslee, to wonder about the “integrity” of the other tanks.

“It points to the age of the tanks and how there’s going to be an increased probability of this happening in the future,” Suzanne Dahl, tank waste treatment manager for the state’s Department of Ecology, told Reuters. “Once [the waste is] out of the tanks and in the soil, it’s much harder to manage it, remove it, and down the road you’re adding to contamination in the groundwater that already exists.”

The U.S. Department of Energy reported that the tanks are leaking at a rate of up to 300 gallons per year.

With a total area comparable to the size of Los Angeles, Hanford is considered by experts to be the most challenging environmental remediation in North America. The nuclear site was built near the city of Hanford in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, the secret U.S. government research program that produced the first atomic bombs. Federal environmental regulators estimate the site now contains more than 130 million cubic yards of radioactive soil, thanks in large part to the dumping of 475 billion gallons of contaminated wastewater into the ground during the Cold War.

A multi-billion-dollar plan to secure all the waste within a glass-like material and house it in subterranean stainless steel canisters is years away, according to Dahl. But Americans don’t have to wait that long to get a first-hand look at the infamous nuclear site; the U.S. government offers regular public tours, at no cost.

To Learn More:

At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble (by Eric Nusbaum, Daily Beast)

Radioactive Waste Leaking from Six Tanks at Washington State Nuclear Site (by Eric Johnson, Reuters)

Energy Dept. Accuses Bechtel of Botching Nuclear Cleanup in Washington (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Plutonium Cleanup in Washington State Could Take Millennia (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Contractor Approved Funding for Own Government Contract (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

February 27, 2013 - Posted by | Environmentalism, Militarism, Nuclear Power | , , , , , ,

6 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on akkaoldfart and commented:
    Get your adults diapers out and about yet ?
    OI VEY OI MOY America.

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    Comment by Old Fart | February 27, 2013

  2. This is the legacy of that dirty rotten fascist piece of shit, US President Harry S. Truman. However it appears that the punk in power today in the office of the president of the United States (OPUS) Barack Obama, will sink the world into a waste condition that igniting the use of nuclear weapons, actually on civilian populations, when the war was tactically over, and negotiations for terms of peace where under discussion, Truman dropped the bombs not merely to get an unconditional surrender, but to “send a message to Moscow” with ignited the nuclear arms race.

    Obama has now taken it further ominously, he is provoking world war thre, with now a nuclear armed Russia, that can vaporize the United States and Europe, as well of the likes of Israel in a matter of minutes, and Obama expects Russia to surrender, but that will not happen. It would be surrendering to rape, robbery, and leaving the world under a predatory monster that has genocide as it organic base, greed its creed, and no human decency whatsoever.

    Yes, you deluded voters, got change, where survival is not on the table, reason is treason, and might makes madness right!

    Washington State and Oregon State are done, terminally poisoned radioactively, again thanks to Harry Truman! I can not see that he is not as bad as Hitler! And consequently so is Obama! Yes, Obama is a NAZI war criminal too.

    Obama is funding the construction of more nuclear power plants and in the news it that 200 more nuclear power plants are planned for Asia. This is all insanity. The world can not even deal with Fukushima and they are pushing for a total as of now, of a total of 650 of these monstrosities. All privately owned, and publicly paid for, for evermore.

    This shit started 70 years ago, and that was enough time for the system to correct its mistakes. It has only compounded them. Meaning the system is no good whatsoever in the final analysis. Capitalism is a parasitic social disease from the top down. All investments are suspects of criminal conspiracy in Crimes Against Humanity, especially in the energy and arms industries. A real revolution is long over due, if not too fucking late!!!!!!!

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    Comment by Bill Mitchell | February 28, 2013

    • Bill,

      Why does everything need to be relative to Hitler? Is that not plainly a free pass for the crimes of the empire?

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      Comment by aletho | February 28, 2013

  3. I mentioned Truman three times, Hitler once. And the reason is that Truman was a monstrous war criminal who totally escaped punishment, save by history. And equate the ominous danger Obama is manifesting is nothing less than World War 3, an all-out thermal-nuclear war! That would make him far-far worse than Hitler beyond any reasonable doubt! Obama is the aggressor, the tool of capitalism-imperialism, and proven enemy of the United States Constitution and as such, has no legal or moral authority that any informed and rational person could honor and only loath and demand the impeachment and trial of. I will state it again. The US War Crimes Act of 1996 does not require the ICC to be involved, it is US Law, and it provided for capital punishment. And that would be constitutional, which he is not!

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    Comment by Bill Mitchell | March 1, 2013

  4. Bill, please allow me to give some understanding about barry soetoro. I feel like I know you, as I have been reading your comments for as long as I have subscribed to AlethoNews. Some great people come to this site.
    It sounds like you feel powerless to stop what is going on, please let me help you understand. If you don’t agree… that’s fine, but you seem to be very agitated.

    All of the leaders in this world have been handpicked by the evil one. We have been so brainwashed in this country to not speak of evil and good that few people do. But that is kin to saying that God does not exist. The reason for all the chaos now, is because God DOES exist and knows each of us, and who belongs to Him, and who doesn’t. We are the same now, on earth, as we were then, in Heaven, and will be again. The same. Both the good and the evil.

    In 1921 W. Wilson made a statement: “There is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, so pervasive, that none had better speak aloud when they speak in condemnation of it.” In 1920, Churchill warns of a worldwide conspiracy against morality. THIS is what we continue to fight, and will always fight, until God intervenes. He is punishing the rebellious lucifer and his millions of followers for his murderous, lying, destruction that he wreaked in Heaven. Rev. 12. Rev 13 tells us that satan will be allowed to overcome all of earth, including Gods own loved ones. But we HAVE overcome him, it’s now a matter of time that it all blows up on them. If you continue reading you will understand that babylon represents amerika/israel and what God has promised to do to them, for what they have done to His people. They hate God, can’t touch Him for all His power, but they touch us, to get to HIM, and it is a terrible thing what they have done to those who love Him. I should know, I am the weakest of all, but God has been with me for 68 years to fight these evil ones. I have the most compelling and interesting story of anyone, because of this. If you have read the ‘Lord of the Flies’, you will see how even the youngest of children have the natural tendency to 1. either love God, and treat his fellow man with compassion, or 2. have the lust to kill and destroy as a natural attribute. The synopsis of the book is this:

    The translation of the mythical ‘god’ Beelzebub, also known as the devil, a name symbolic of: a devotion to hatred, decay, destruction, demoraliztion, hysteria, and panic. The ‘unseen knowledge’ these kids had/have of ‘the beast’. ….the recognition (the ancient inescapable recognition) for pure evil and the superficial nature of the human moral system. Knowing that this beast is a part of us. The reason things are ….. what they are… the blackness within, a blackness that spreads… unless the part of us that belongs to God…..defeats that indescribable evil.

    The difference between ‘them and us’ (one main difference) is when we do something wrong, we hear Gods voice of correction, and struggle against repeating the sin. ‘They’ enjoy doing evil.. the more evil the better. Take a look at earths ‘idols’. Eldrick Woods, male whore, money lover, etc.. bollywood stars.. take a good look at them.. the evil is right out there.. the leaders of this earth..on and on..They know their time is short.. because God told them before He threw them down on this newly created planet.. just for them to destroy… right after they murdered His beloved wife and newborn baby boy. THAT’s the reason all this is happening, and no other reason.

    The non holy bible has been so bastardised by the evil ones.. it hardly makes sense to read it. We have to choose what seems to be truth and ignore the parts that seem preposterous. (MOST of it). I have discarded most of it in the trash, but keep the truth. They know what Gods Holy Word says because they hid it from the rest of us. Searching for this truth has been my main purpose in life. Sharing it….. a very close second. God has devoted many many hours of His time, helping me to understand the whole truth. I have devoted my entire life on earth, getting to the place where He could seclude me from all the lies around me.

    The purpose of this email was to talk about barry soetoro/Obama).. the boaster.. the one who thinks he is ‘the one’. He is the one alright, the last president as described in Daniel 8. I have skipped over all the hogwash that tries to confuse us, and get to the main points that God has given us to understand.

    23. “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels (world leaders/followers) have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking (evil) king, a master of intrigue, will arise (Barry Soetoro/Obama). 24. He will become very strong, but not by his own power..(satans). He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty (we have supernatural strength), the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes .(Gods Elect). Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.(By God Himself.)
    26, -Seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future. (NOW).

    So you see, this is all about what God has planned, written and is (slowly… in my humble opinion :)) progressing to the end. NO one can do anything
    except wait patiently, and perservere, knowing that God has it ALL under control, can make the dead, that belong to Him immediately be taken to Heaven, makes ALL things new, and will never allow this to go unfulfilled. I have been the most persecuted one on earth.. I say to my God that I fight both Himself (because of His mysterious plan, which includes me), and the evil one (for their persecution of voodoo/black magic/etc). I am teasing Him, but He knows it is true. I do it because I know Him from Heaven and I know that most of my friends are in Heaven, watching those of us who have yet to be taken unto His bosom. I love Him unequivocally.

    I write this to let you know that it is all okay… not to fret, and quit worrying.. have faith in God that He is quite capable to do what He said He would do. We have a beautiful world and life ahead of us… we won’t be shedding any more tears of frustration. See you there.

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    Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 2, 2013

  5. One further truth.. not one of Gods people came to earth involuntarily. He asked each one of us, who would go for Him. I gladly came..for Him. Every one who belongs to God, who has fought this battle against evil are His powerful warriors, who stand for LOVE, TRUTH, JUSTICE … and all the other words that describe Gods perfection. We are His volunteers, and are proud of it. He celebrates each one of us, upon arrival in Heaven. What a wonderful God.

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    Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 2, 2013


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