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Department of Energy Releases Pump Plan for Tank AY-102

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HANFORD, WA - The Department of Energy has released their plan Friday to pump out the nuclear waste from a leaking double shell tank at the Hanford Site.

The state Department of Ecology made a request in January for DOE to prepare a plan.

In a letter to the Department of Ecology, the DOE says the plan to safely reduce waste levels in AY-102 includes getting equipment for sludge removal and beginning top level liquid waste pumping,once the waste retrieval system is ready to remove solids.

DOE says they are taking into consideration increased leak rate, waste temperature, and flammable gas generation.

Once the out-of-tank equipment is installed, DOE will conduct a review to see if the in-tank equipment can be installed and the waste removed.

A leak in the AY-102 tank was discovered in late 2012 and on Thursday, DOE released new information about a second leak in the same tank.

The Department of Ecology assures people no waste has left the outer shell, but they are working with DOE to reduce the risk of the waste getting into the environment or creating a public health threat.

To see the entire plan, click here.