Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site
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Sun, 2017-05-14

On May 9, 2017, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State witnessed the collapse of a 20-foot section of tunnel where radioactive waste was being stored. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has stated that there was no initial indication of any worker exposure or of an airborne radiological release. The Hanford site used to make plutonium for nuclear weapons from World War II until the 1980s, and is still heavily contaminated with radioactive material and hazardous chemical waste. Hanford is widely considered the most contaminated former nuclear site in the Western Hemisphere. In 1989 the DOE signed an agreement to clean it up, which is expected to take at least 50 years to complete.

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