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Washington Department of Ecology Reports About Radioactive Pollution in Hanford

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The U.S. The Department of Energy and Department of Ecology identified a radioactive waste leak from an underground storage tank at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington.

It is estimated that 3.5 gallons of toxic chemicals seep into the environment, poisoning the earth and groundwater.

“It’s a serious matter whenever a Hanford tank leaks its radioactive and dangerous chemical waste,” Ecology Director Laura Watson said. “Based on the information we have right now, the leak poses no immediate increased risk to workers or the public, but it adds to the ongoing environmental threat at Hanford.”

The government has reportedly been aware of the leaks since 2019. At the moment, the B-109 tank has already lost 1,300 gallons. Last year, all tanks in the area leaked over 200,000 gallons.

The department believes that the tanks are not designed for such a long service life and require annual maintenance or complete replacement. According to official information, the B-109 tank has been in operation for over 75 years without repair.

“Ecology was notified about a year ago that Energy had started a formal leak assessment for B-109. At that time, Energy said the tank’s levels were decreasing but it was not sure why. Ecology has been tracking the situation and was notified Thursday (April 29), that Energy had determined that the tank is in fact leaking,” the Department said in a statement.

Author: Usa Really