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New Hanford Leak Raises Concerns

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The Department of Energy has found evidence that a tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation maybe leaking radioactive material.

Unknown material has been found in a third place between the two shells of tank AY 102, which went into use in 1971.

This increases concerns that the tank, one of Hanford's 28 double shell tanks, has a leak from its inner shell.

The tanks are needed to hold high level radioactive waste for up to 40 more years, until the last of the waste can be treated for disposal.