Statement by Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper:
"Nuclear waste storage tank alarms sounded on Sunday as radioactive waste leaked through the inner shell of Hanford's oldest double-shelled tank. There is a significant leak in tank AY-102, which holds some of the most dangerous nuclear waste on Earth. These tanks were not designed to hold waste for decades. It's past time to get the waste out of the unsafe tanks."
"We thank the workers at Hanford for conducting this dangerous cleanup. This is another reminder of the cost of nuclear waste, and the unexpected outcomes of handling radioactive material. We will continue to push the Department of Energy for a thorough and transparent cleanup in the face of mounting challenges."
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HOOD RIVER OFFICE
Mailing: P.O. Box 950, Hood River, OR 97031
Physical: 2621 Wasco Street, Suite A, Hood River, OR 97031
1125 SE Madison Street Suite 103A
Portland, OR 97214