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Fluor Hanford Ready to Drain K-East Basin

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Fluor Hanford will start draining radioactive water from the leaky K-East basin next week.

There's a million gallons of highly-contaminated water in there, and over time, some of it has leaked into the soil just a few hundred yards from the Columbia River.

Fluor Hanford workers are done installing equipment to get that water out of the basin to get it ready for teardown.  

They expect to start draining it next week.  The process may take as long as a month.

"We've got the fuel and the sludge out and now we're draining the basin that had leaked in the past so that we can take the basin down and get to the underlying soil," said Geoff Tyree with Fluor Hanford.

Workers will fill about 200 5,000 gallon tanker trucks that'll take the water for treatment.  

They'll then fill the basin with a sand they can drive equipment on to tear down the building, then the basin pool.