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June 16, 2017

Official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely due to aging infrastructure, federal funding cuts

  • Hundreds of workers were evacuated last month when the roof of a rail tunnel storing plutonium waste collapsed.
    Associated Press

    AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios [enlarge]
    The Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant, right, stands adjacent to a dirt-covered rail tunnel, left, containing radioactive waste.

    RICHLAND, Benton County — Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press.

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