HANFORD, Wash. — Officials at the Hanford Nuclear reservation have confirmed that significantly more waste has leaked from the inner tank of a double-shell waste storage tank.
So far, no waste has leaked from the tank into the soil beneath it, but checks are ongoing.
The leak occurred over the weekend as workers pumped radioactive sludge from the tank, which was already leaking.
According to Jerry Holloway, external affairs manager for the Washington River Protection, "this was the amount of waste that had leaked over the past 3 or more years."
Enough waste appeared to have leaked out to fill a space between the shells that was 8 inches deep.
Pumping to empty the tank stopped when the increased leakage was detected, the Herald said.
The Washington State Department of Ecology says there is no danger to workers or the public.
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