People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue July 9, 2013
Massive Hanford Waste Dump Reaches 15 Million Ton Mark
Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:52 pm
Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say crews have cleaned up 15 million tons of radioactive soil and debris from near the Columbia River. It’s gone to a massive dump at the center of the site.
In central Hanford, a ceremonial load of soil marked 15 million tons of waste disposed of at the 52-football-field-sized dump called ERDF. Dozens of truck horns blared in response.
Matt McCormick, a top Department of Energy Hanford manager, says the dump "prevents the contamination from reaching the environment in the future, we eventually will put a barrier on top of EARF to further isolate the waste.”
Meanwhile, there’s a delay in efforts to ship some radioactive tank waste from Hanford to a federal site in New Mexico. State officials there want more hearings.
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