Low Level Radioactive Soil Found at Hanford's Vit Plant, Work Stopped
RICHLAND, Wash. - NBC Right Now has obtained a copy of a message Bechtel sent to workers at Hanford's Vitrification Plant after work stopped today.
Investigators found low level radioactive contaminated soil under a bird nest.
Here's the message in it's entirety:
Craft work was suspended in the High-Level Waste Vitrification and Pretreatment Facilities today after radiation control technicians found low levels of radioactively contaminated soil inside the HLW facility.
All workers in the HLW and PT facilities were surveyed and no detectable levels of contamination were found.
HLW and PT craft workers were released early because construction work was suspended. Non-manual employees' work schedules were not affected.
The contaminated soil was found beneath a bird nest in the HLW facility. There are no sources of contaminated material within the WTP boundary, so the source of the material is elsewhere.
Surveys of the facilities determined the extent of the contamination was localized. Affected areas have been barricaded.
All workers should report to work as normally scheduled on Thursday, June 6.