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Nuclear Waste Spill

Olympia, WA: (Apr-24-08) The Washington State Department of Ecology brought charges against Hanford contractor CH2M Hill, after a radioactive waste spill at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in mid 2007. The suit stated that the spill occurred as crews were transferring highly dangerous buried tank waste to new double-shelled tanks. A pump backed up and a water line broke, resulting in the spillage of about 80 gallons of highly radioactive liquid into the ground.

Sources stated that following months of negotiations, the Washington State Department of Ecology announced a settlement that involves half-a-million dollars in penalties for the accident. State officials claimed that the spill was the most serious violation in terms of potential damage to the environment, potential exposure to workers and something that has caused critical work to stop for a year while officials go through the process of making sure that the entire tank pumping process can happen safely. Hanford contractor CH2M Hill will pay a $50,000 cash fine as well as provide funding for several safety upgrades. The deal stipulated that half of the half-million-dollar fine will be waived if the contractor remains accident-free for a year. [OPB NEWS: SETTLEMENT REACHED ON RECORD FINE FOR HANFORD TANK WASTE SPILL]

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Published on Apr-25-08


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