Feb 23 2013, 8:14am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
Washington, Feb 23 — Six underground radioactive waste tanks at America's most contaminated nuclear site in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest region are leaking, according to the state governor Jay Inslee.
Inslee made the announcement Friday after a meeting with US Energy Secretary Steven Chu who told him that the US Department of Energy has determined there are six, single-shell tanks leaking radioactive waste at Hanford.
Chu "told me that the Department of Energy has now confirmed there are six tanks leaking radioactive waste at Hanford," Inslee said.
Calling it "disturbing news for all Washingtonians" Inslee said "This certainly raises serious questions about the integrity of all 149 single-shell tanks with radioactive liquid and sludge at Hanford.
The complex was decommissioned by 1987, but remains the biggest nuclear waste repository in the US, storing 53 million gallons of radioactive waste, including 30 million gallons in the 149 single-shell tanks, according to the State of Washington Department of Ecology.
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