What is green and goes burp in the night?
March 25, 2008 7:20 AM Subscribe
The Hanford Site
posted by mrzarquon (46 comments total)
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(located on the Columbia River
) is considered the dirtiest place on earth
. 177 Underground storage tanks hold over 50 million gallons
of radioactive and toxic waste. And they are leaking.
Constructed in 1943 as the plutonium production complex for the Manhattan Project, it covers 580 square miles and grew to have 9 nuclear reactors and 5 plutonium processing plants.
Poor management by the Department of Energy, and a changing list of contractors competing for the project by lowest bid have left an incredible mess to cleanup
Here is another timeline of events documenting the habitual mis management of the project
It is hard to believe that such a huge environmental disaster waiting to is rarely discussed
If it wasn't for the Hanford Challenge
event I was invited to last week, I still would not have known of it. They are a group working to help moderate the discussion between the whistleblowers and the contractors
Hopefully they will complete the cleanup before these signs
are out of date. (And more importantly, before the 1 million gallons of contaminated ground water reach the Columbia River).
The Burping (in the title) is in reference to the chemical storage tanks which has an amalgam of toxic and radioactive materials, still undergoing chemical reactions and in some cases releasing hydrogen gas. One whistleblower was a chemist who refused to not writeup an employee for smoking as they were monitoring one of the tanks, waiting for a burp.
P.S. Did you know the Richland (city local to the Hanford Site) Bombers are a highschool team with a mushroom cloud as their logo?