So apparently SIX storage tanks holding toxic radioactive waste at the Handford nuclear waste storage facility in Washington, just a few hundred kms south of us, have been found to be leaking. the site is considered America's worst/most toxic location, and the problem appears to be a freakin nightmare (not so sure I'd be keen to go windsurfing at teh Gorge anymore). A small segment of the news article attached:
The federal government created Hanford in the 1940s as part of the top-secret project to build the atomic bomb, and the site went on to produce plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal for years.
Today, it is the country's most contaminated nuclear site, with cleanup expected to last decades and cost billions of dollars. There are legal and ethical considerations to cleaning up the Hanford site at the national level, Inslee said, adding that he will continue to insist that the Department of Energy fully clean up the site.
The tanks hold some 53 million gallons (200 million litres)of highly radioactive waste — enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools — and many of those tanks are known to have leaked in the past. An estimated 1 million gallons of radioactive liquid already leaked.
The tanks also are long past their intended 20-year life span — raising concerns that even more tanks could be leaking — though they were believed to have been stabilized in 2005.Read more:
This definitely cannot be good, for one can only imagine what other calamities go on in dark places that nobody sees.