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Natural Resources Defense Council warns against closing Hanford’s underground nuclear waste tanks

Hanford watchdog warns against closing underground tanks http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article212957659.html, BY ANNETTE CARY, acary@tricityherald.com, RICHLAND, WA , 14 June 18

A Hanford watchdog group is objecting as the Department of Energy takes the first step toward a plan to fill underground, radioactive waste storage tanks with concrete-like grout and leave them permanently in place. The C Tank Farm, which would be closed first, has not had enough radioactive waste removed to have tanks filled with grout, said Tom Carpenter, executive director of Seattle-based Hanford Challenge.

“This would be a serious setback for the cleanup at Hanford if the DOE is allowed to turn Hanford into the nation’s high-level nuclear waste dump,” Carpenter said. “This will be challenged.”

Geoffrey Fettus, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that “the people of the Pacific Northwest deserve better, and we’ll be there with them opposing this unsound and unsafe effort.”

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June 15, 2018 - Posted by | USA, wastes

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