Massive Hanford Waste Dump Reaches 15 Million Ton Mark
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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