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Emergency Declared after Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site

Posted by feww on May 10, 2017

US DOE: HANFORD EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Event Summary 5/9/2017, 7:15 PM

HANFORD SITE EMERGENCY

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office declared an emergency at the Hanford Site at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning after a cave-in of a 20-foot section of a tunnel that is hundreds of feet long that is used to store contaminated materials. The tunnel is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility, also known as PUREX, which is located in the center of the Hanford Site, in an area known as the 200 East Area. No contamination has been detected following the cave-in. Crews are continuing to survey the area for contamination. Workers are preparing to fill the hole created by the cave-in in order to stabilize the tunnel. All personnel in the vicinity of the PUREX facility were accounted for and there are no reports of injuries.

This picture shows a 20 foot by 20 foot hole in the roof of a tunnel that is hundreds of feet long. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – OFFICE OF RIVER PROTECTION | RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE

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2 Responses to “Emergency Declared after Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site”

  1. Mike G said

    Several experts have said that Hanford poses an existential threat to Washington state. Would you concur?

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