Tunnel Collapses at Washington State Nuclear Waste Site

One of the main problems with any nuclear facility is what to do with radioactive waste products. For years, a lot of it was place in containers and stored in underground tunnels. Other nuclear waste is processed to extract valuable plutonium and uranium, but still leaves a radioactive waste product that needs to be disposed in some fashion. The facility at Hanover, Washington has been doing just that, but now one of their tunnels has reportedly collapsed.

Hundreds of workers at the Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state have been ordered to “take cover” after a tunnel collapse, according to local news sources.

The U.S. Department of Energy said it has activated its emergency operations protocol in Hanford, a small agricultural community in south-central Washington, about 200 miles from Seattle. It came after an alert at the 200 East Area, which is home to numerous solid waste sites.

Energy Department officials in Hanford said in a statement, “There are concerns about subsidence in the soil covering railroad tunnels near a former chemical processing facility. The tunnels contain contaminated materials.”…

This is one of the reasons so many environmentalists have protested nuclear energy and weapons. They began questioning the disposal of nuclear waste many years ago and pointed out that there really isn’t any good and safe solution for what to do with it. I’m sure the people in the agricultural community around the Hanover facility are asking how safe their soil and groundwater will be due to possible contamination by a tunnel collapse and leakages…

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