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US state on alert after nuclear waste leak problem gets even worse!

June 21, 2013

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A spokeswoman for Washington state’s Ecology Department explained why the new finding was so disturbing.

“Until last night, it was thought the leak was contained in the outer shell, but workers detected elevated radioactivity levels within the leak detection pit,” Erica Holmes said.

  • AAP
  • June 22, 201310:56AM

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-state-on-alert-after-nuclear-waste-leak/story-fn3dxix6-1226667944412

 

HEIGHTENED radioactivity levels have been found outside a nuclear waste tank in the US state of Washington, officials say, in a new alert about a site used to make Cold War-era bombs.

Image source ; http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2012/08/27/whats-inside-the-suspect-nuclear-waste-tank-at-hanford/

Governor Jay Inslee said there was no immediate public health threat, but urged federal authorities to accelerate action to deal with leaks at the Hanford site, which he sounded the alarm about four months ago.

In February, Inslee said that at least six tanks containing radioactive waste were leaking, based on decreasing levels within them, but no elevated radioactivity levels were recorded outside…

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