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Nuclear/Environmental Hazard – Emergency Declared (Potential Uncontrolled release of Nuclear waste material): Hanford Nuclear Reservation, WA, USA

2017/05/09

North America – USA | State of Washington, Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Location: 46°38’51.0″N 119°35’55.0″W

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the State of Washington, USA. One of the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the United States

BREAKING: Emergency at US nuclear site after collapse — TV: “Fears of radioactive contamination” — Expert: “Could lead to considerable radiological release” — Multiple states activating Emergency Operations Center — Pilots told to avoid flying over area (VIDEOS)

Source: ENENews, 09 May 2017, 6:36 pm ET

Gov’t: “Alarming” release of radioactivity from US nuclear site — AP: “Uncontrolled spread of contamination” — Official: Contains “high levels of radioactive isotopes” (VIDEO)

Published: February 24th, 2016 at 8:31 am ET
By ENENews


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Radioactive Waste Filled Tunnel Near Hanford Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant Reported Collapsed Today

The collapsed radioactive waste tunnel probably contains plutonium 239, with a half-life of over 24,000 years and plutonium 241, half-life of over 14 years, but which becomes Americium 241 with a radioactive half-life of over 400 years: “Plutonium-239 is one of the three fissile materials used for the production of nuclear weapons and in some nuclear reactors as a source of energy. The other fissile materials are uranium-235 and uranium-233. Plutonium-239 is virtually nonexistent in nature.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopes_of_plutonium

HANFORD EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Event Summary 5/9/2017 10:37 AM
HANFORD SITE EMERGENCY
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office activated the Hanford Emergency Operations Center at 8:26 a.m., after an alert was declared. Officials are responding to reports of a cave-in of a 20 foot section of a tunnel that is hundreds of feet long that is used to store contaminated materials.

The tunnel is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility, also known as PUREX, which is located in the center of the Hanford Site in an area known as the 200 East Area. There is no indication of a release of contamination at this point, Crews are continuing to survey the area for contamination.

All personnel in the vicinity of the PUREX facility have been accounted for and there are no reports of injuries.

Actions taken to protect site employees include:
* As a precaution, workers in the vicinity of the PUREX facility as well as the Hanford Site north of the Wye Barricade (southern entrance to the site) have been told to shelter in-place

* Access to the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site, which is located in the center of the Hanford Site, has been restricted to protect employees

The public can request information regarding the event by calling (509) 376-8116. The media may call (509) 376-3322.

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