Environment & Energy Report

Sludge at Hanford Moved Away From Columbia River

July 20, 2012, 4:00 AM

Workers have started moving highly radioactive material at the Hanford site in Washington state away from the Columbia River, the Energy Department announced July 13. A “large container” of the highly radioactive sludge was removed from an underwater basin next to a former plutonium production reactor to dry storage in the center of the Hanford site, DOE said in a statement. The transfer, which DOE called a “significant milestone” in the Hanford cleanup, is the first of six shipments planned this summer to remove the most radioactive material, DOE said. “At the same time, a separate system is being built...

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