More waste found between walls of Hanford tank

More waste found between walls of Hanford tank

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Underground tank AY-102 holds hundreds of thousands of gallons of highly radioactive and toxic liquids and sludge. The tank was found to be leaking in the fall of 2011.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 12:04 PM

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Workers have found more waste leaking between the walls of a nuclear storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The waste was found in a new place between the walls of Tank AY-102. It is dry waste covering an area of 7 feet by 21 inches.

The Tri-City Herald reported Thursday that no waste is believed to have escaped into the soil beneath the tank. Hanford authorities have known the tank was leaking for about a year.

State officials have urged the U.S. Department of Energy to empty the tank and have criticized federal officials for not taking action.

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