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Contamination In Hanford Double Shell Tank Likely Not From Leak

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RICHLAND, Wash.- A new report shows the radioactive contamination found around one of the Hanford site's waste tanks may not be from a leak.

According to a new report from the Department of Energy, what was thought to be possible contamination in the outer shell of one of Hanford's double-shell waste tanks is likely the result of already existing contamination.

A slow leak was detected last year and tests were conducted to determine if the surrounding area had been contaminated. Now, some results are showing there is not currently a leak releasing waste into the ground.

"We're very glad to hear confirmation that the tank is not leaking actively right now into the environment," said Cheryl Whalen, the clean-up section manager from the Washington State Department of Ecology. "We're also very glad to hear that DOE's going to continue monitoring this leak detection pit."

While the Department of Ecology says this news is good to hear Whalen explained to us that they are asking the Department of Energy to pump the waste out of the tank to figure out just how intact the bottom of the container is.