This item revists the topic that's come up here a few times regarding
leakages of radioactive waste into various other lands than those set aside
as nuclear reserves. Today's /Daily Gist/ carried the item below, FYI.
Funny, how polluting and toxic agents don't respect fencelines.
Within three years, dangerous tritium contamination from the Hanford
Nuclear Reservation in Washington state could leach into the Columbia
River, Hanford officials say. Last year, surveys found tritium, known to
cause birth defects, at concentrations 90 times above the federal drinking
water standard in a nearby well that lies 3.5 miles from the Columbia. By
last month, the level of tritium in the well's water had increased
fourfold. Tritium is one of the fastest-moving radionuclides and its
movement may signal that the spread of far more deadly nuclear
contamination is not far behind. The 560-square-mile Hanford reservation,
where the feds produced plutonium for nuclear bombs for more than 40 years,
is the most contaminated spot in North America, and under the most
optimistic scenario, the Energy Department says it can clean up only 10
percent of Hanford's leaky tanks by 2018.
straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Kim Murphy, 03.12.00
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