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(ABC)   Washington Governor announces leaking radioactive waste at nuclear site poses no immediate risk to public safety or environment...because it will need a while to reach groundwater. Former Iraqi Information Minister nods approvingly   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 58
    More: Scary, Natural Resources Committee, weapons-grade plutonium, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Jay Inslee  
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2013-02-23 05:54:01 PM  

bratface: I am not an expert but why can't they dig around the tanks and then fill it all in with concrete?


This would most likely be impossible without causing massive leaks or ruptures.  Most tanks that are installed in the ground (which the tanks at Hanford are) have cement retaining rings poured around the steel infrastructure.
 
2013-02-23 05:55:15 PM  

Arumat: bratface: I am not an expert but why can't they dig around the tanks and then fill it all in with concrete?

I would assume it's because they then have a whole bunch of toxic dirt to store somewhere.


Put the dirt in and around the tanks.

Generation_D: bratface: I am not an expert but why can't they dig around the tanks and then fill it all in with concrete?

money. lots and lots of money.

that nobody wants to spend until Tri-Cities is glowing green at night. More green.



 Yes I know it comes down to money. I live in Washington State and have heard about the evils of Hanford all my life. I was hoping something would be done in my lifetime.
 
2013-02-23 06:04:28 PM  

bratface: Arumat: bratface: I am not an expert but why can't they dig around the tanks and then fill it all in with concrete?

I would assume it's because they then have a whole bunch of toxic dirt to store somewhere.

Put the dirt in and around the tanks.

Generation_D: bratface: I am not an expert but why can't they dig around the tanks and then fill it all in with concrete?

money. lots and lots of money.

that nobody wants to spend until Tri-Cities is glowing green at night. More green.


 Yes I know it comes down to money. I live in Washington State and have heard about the evils of Hanford all my life. I was hoping something would be done in my lifetime.


I live here too. Inlaws are 4th generations here, I've been here just 23 years.

Hanford is a fact of life that nobody wants to pay anything for, so now what.

Don't buy land in Tri-cities.
 
2013-02-23 06:05:22 PM  

bratface: Yes I know it comes down to money. I live in Washington State and have heard about the evils of Hanford all my life. I was hoping something would be done in my lifetime.


They have been doing "something" for years.  It's not just as easy as sucking out the tanks and vitrifying the waste.  The tanks now contain large quantities of "goop" and solids that can't easily be pumped to the treatment plant.  They actually use remove control tractors which they lower into the tanks to push the goop and solids around and mix it with water so it can be pumped out.
 
2013-02-23 06:45:37 PM  
Funny, news report today said it was even worse than the report I made last week. Six tanks instead of one.
 
2013-02-23 10:10:41 PM  

Copper Spork: Yet nuclear is still killing fewer people per watt-hour than wind farms.


Oh, look, someone bought into that dumb-ass Forbes study.

At least when wind farms fail, they don't pull power OUT of the system...epic fail, that.

Or contaminate the landscape for decades...I hear there's cheap land for sale near Fukushima, go on...move there.
 
2013-02-24 12:07:05 AM  
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2013-02-24 08:51:53 AM  
it's only deadly for what, 10,000 years?  just pass the buck onto the next generations because developing clean energy is too expensive.
 
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