Has too much plutonium made Hanford’s waste untreatable? Western world’s most expensive construction project having nuclear chain reaction worries

Friday, March 23, 2012
By Paul Martin

By ENENews
March 23rd, 2012

Title: Technical problems still bedevil Hanford plant
Source: Seattle Times
Author: Craig Welch
Date: March 23, 2012

So many technical issues now plague a $12.2 billion plant that’s supposed to rid the Hanford nuclear reservation of millions of gallons of radioactive waste […]

Engineers admitted they still have not resolved major safety problems with the plant […] 12 years after design of the Western world’s most expensive and complex construction project began. […]

Even though the project is half-built, engineers acknowledged they still haven’t figured out how, once it is operational, they will keep waste stirred up so it doesn’t spark a nuclear chain reaction.

Officials also are still working out ways to avoid hydrogen explosions in miles of piping and prevent radioactive waste from eating its way through metal tanks in a building that will be so polluted that no human could get inside and make repairs during the 40-year life of the plant. […]


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