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‘Catastrophic’: Up to 3,500 gallons of nuclear waste leak at Washington State storage site

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 Cinnamon    24,796

Thousands of gallons of radioactive waste are estimated to have leaked at a Manhattan Project-era nuclear storage tank in Washington State over the weekend, triggering an alarm and causing one former worker to label it as “catastrophic."

The expanded leak was first detected after an alarm went off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on Sunday, and on Monday workers were preparing to pump the waste out of the troubled area, AP reported. They were also trying to determine why the leak became worse.

It’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out, but estimates place the amount at somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500 gallons, according to the Tri-City Herald.

"There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time,” the Washington Department of Ecology said in a statement.

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https://www.rt.com/usa/340234-hanford-nuclear-waste-leak-washington/

Catastrophic but no danger to people.  Okie dokie! 

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365
44 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

"There is no indication of waste leaking into the environment or risk to the public at this time,”

No, of course not! :dry:

400 % Spike in Rare Birth Defects Near Leaking Hanford Nuclear Site

Incidence 400 percent above normal.The Washington State Health Department is trying to identify the cause of an unusually high number of rare birth defects in south central Washington, around the leaking Hanford nuclear site. In 2013, seven cases of anencephaly, a rare and often fatal birth defect were reported in a remote region of Washington State, clustered around the Hanford site.

There is still no explanation for the spike, said State Health Department officials. The seven cases reported in 2013 bring the number of reported cases in the region, which includes Yakima, Benton and Franklin, up to 30 since 2010.
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CDC Epidemiologist claims Incidents are not Focused near Hanford – A Map tells Otherwise. The local Yakima Herald Republic (YHR) cites epidemiologist Mandy Stahre, who is assigned to the Washington state by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as saying that the incidents did not show up seasonably, which they probably would if the cases were tied to pesticide exposure.

http://nsnbc.me/2014/04/24/400-spike-in-rare-birth-defects-near-leaking-hanford-nuclear-site/

 

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 Brio    1,038
11 hours ago, Lucy Barnable said:

which they probably would if the cases were tied to pesticide exposure.

So the CDC is aware pesticides are linked to birth defects. Hmm...

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365
10 hours ago, Brio said:

So the CDC is aware pesticides are linked to birth defects. Hmm...

Right? They kinda let that one slip. I wonder what radioactive pesticides would do. As if it could get any worse...

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