CBS - Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking
material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment
because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.
the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and
strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central
Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, where successes often are
overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges.
of Energy spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler said there was no immediate
health risk and said federal officials would work with Washington state
to address the matter.