At least six tanks leaking at U.S. nuclear waste site

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    TheQuestion

    Could have been storing that crap in yukka mountain in 144 miles of uninhabited territory in the middle of a desert but no, lets leave the stuff in Washington.

  • 4

    smithinjapan

    Yeah... no immediate threat -- just a massive long term one.

  • 0

    nandakandamanda

    Quote: "There is no threat!" well, "We don't believe there is, but we don't have any information...".

    Oh, whoopdy doo! That's just great.

    So, check the Columbia River water and banks downstream.

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    TorafusuTorasan

    @TheQuestion

    If Nevada is largely uninhabited, then it's an amazing story how the few residents that live there have prevented the storage of all the U.S.'s nuclear waste in their state. Talk about clout.

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    Steve Christian

    Our children will pay the real costs of nuclear power.

  • -6

    Outta here

    A least the US is handling this. May be done a bit more competently than the Japanese handled their nuclear disaster. If the US needs advise just refer to the Japanese method and do the opposite should solve any issues..

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    jerobeam

    @TheQuestion

    Ever been to the Hanford site? It's also in the middle of nowhere.

  • 0

    Surf O'Holic

    " The Hanford nuclear site in the southwest of the state was used to produce plutonium for the bomb that brought an end to World War II.

    Output grew after 1945 to meet the challenges of the Cold War, but the last reactor closed down in 1987. Its website says: “Weapons production processes left solid and liquid wastes that posed a risk to the local environment.”"

    Note the weapons production bit?

    Warmongering has unexpected Consequences.

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    TheQuestion

    If Nevada is largely uninhabited, then it's an amazing story how the few residents that live there have prevented the storage of all the U.S.'s nuclear waste in their state. Talk about clout.

    To put it in perspective the anti-nuke crowed petitioned to create an artificial county dubbed "Bullfrog County" that surrounds the Yukka Mountain area for the sole purpose of blocking the use of the site through litigation. The state of Nevada has a respectable number of people...most of which live over 100 miles away from the site which isn't near any usable sources of ground water.

    Ever been to the Hanford site? It's also in the middle of nowhere.

    Thats because the Hanford Site has resulted in an estimated 200 square miles of contaminated ground water because the thing sits right on top of an active water table and is a constant threat to the heavily used Colombia River. I'm all for nuclear power but I recognize the need for a safe long-term storage site far away from water sources and rivers and the Hanford Site is neither.

  • 0

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Hanford? Thank god/s it is not the Handford we all know and love, in California! Feel sorry for those smelly cows but at least no nukes!

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    kurisupisu

    And this is precisely why nuclear power is so flawed-the waste is too dangerous for far too long!

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    volland

    I just love this sentence: “At this point we don’t believe that there’s any imminent threat to public health." Could have come straight from the mouth of a Tepco man.....

    There is "no imminent threat", which means that no one will dro dead right now, but, only "at this point".

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    maglev101

    A least the US is handling this. May be done a bit more competently than the Japanese handled their nuclear disaster. If the US needs advise just refer to the Japanese method and do the opposite should solve any issues..

    you have got to be kidding comparing a few leaks vs. damages done by a combination 9 richter scale earthquake + tsunami. u.s. should look to the japanese method on post disaster cleanup. u.s. cleanup after katrina (took 6+ yrs) vs japan cleanup after earthquake/tsunami (took 1+ yrs).

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    volland

    @maglev....

    Great insight, really! The damage done by earthquake and tsunami can repaired easily, if that is wanted. The radioactive soil is on the surface, and lets say, it could be removed, if the government had enough interest in that. The leaks however will cause damage that will never be repaired... but you are right, I cannot not really see a problem, its inside the US

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    kurisupisu

    The leaking tanks at Hanford are aging and need replacing.the checking of the tanks was just based on a small number ,most likely the facility is sparsely staffed. However, the cleanup will cost billions of dollars and many many years all paid for by the US taxpayer.

    Here in Japan there aren't any places to store deadly nuclear waste. The radioactively contaminated soil and dirt in Fukushima is being placed in blue plastic sacks up in the mountains, -there aren't any places in Japan where it can be disposed of.

    Another few years and people will forget about these temporary storage sites,as seems to be the case with Hanford.

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