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Tunnel at Hanford radioactive waste site at risk of collapsing again

High risk for 2nd tunnel collapse at nuclear waste site By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, ASSOCIATED PRESS SPOKANE, Wash. — Jun 30, 2017The U.S. Department of Energy says there is a high risk that a second tunnel filled with radioactive waste might collapse at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

A tunnel partially collapsed on May 9, forcing some 3,000 workers to seek shelter for a few hours.

There were no injuries.

The Energy Department said Friday it had completed an evaluation of a second tunnel on the former nuclear weapons production site and determined there is a high potential for that 53-year-old tunnel to collapse. The agency says it has an Aug. 1 deadline to develop plans to prevent that.

Hanford is located in south-central Washington state and for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons. The site is now engaged in cleaning up a massive inventory of nuclear waste.

July 1, 2017 - Posted by | safety

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