Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
May 19 2017

Radiation detected between walls of another double-shell tank Thursday night

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement regarding today’s report that another double-shell tank holding toxic, radioactive waste at Hanford may be leaking.

“Today’s news of another potential leak in a tank at Hanford only strengthens my resolve to hold the Department of Energy accountable for its responsibility to clean up this contaminated site,” Ferguson said. “This isn’t the first potential leak, and it won’t be the last.

“The risks at Hanford to workers and the environment are all too real, and today’s news is just another illustration of how tenuous the situation is.”

Ferguson filed a lawsuit in September 2015 against the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions to protect workers at the Hanford facility. A year earlier, the Attorney General and the Department of Ecology took the Department of Energy to court over the federal agency’s failure to live up to a previous consent decree governing its Hanford clean-up efforts. The case involved the retrieval of a significant portion of Hanford’s tank wastes, as well as deadlines for construction of a waste treatment plant to treat those and other remaining tank wastes.

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Contacts:

Peter Lavallee, Communications Director, (360) 586-0725; PeterL@atg.wa.gov