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Subject: NN: Hanford
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March 23, 1998
Hanford nuclear contamination still a mess,
WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional auditors accused the
Department of mishandling nuclear waste at the Hanford
Washington state, and a senator questioned whether the
remain in charge of the cleanup effort.
The department has no strategy in place to address
radioactive wastes that
are leaking out of storage tanks into the ground water
and which eventually
could make their way into the Columbia River, the
Office said Monday.
Furthermore, the department doesn't really know what
needed to make the proper cleanup decisions, the report
"This report clearly shows that DOE has been sticking
its head in the
contaminated sand and ignoring the growing body of
scientific evidence that
leakage...presents a major problem that could threaten
to bring nuclear
contamination into the Columbia River watershed," said
Since the GAO launched its review last year, DOE has
announced plans to
develop a strategy for the leaking wastes by this
October. The Senate
appropriations committee last week also approved an
additional $2 million
to study Hanford's "vadose zone" the area between the
surface and the
aquifer, or underground river.
But Ohio Senator John Glenn, ranking Democrat on the
governmental affairs committee, said he warned DOE six
years ago that
area of study was "seriously inadequate.
"After all this inexcusable delay, continued failure to
plan and implement an
assessment program will raise serious questions about
whether DOE should
remain in charge of this program," Glenn said.
The GAO report concluded "what outside experts have
been saying for
"The department's understanding of how wastes move
through the vadose
zone to the groundwater is inadequate to make key
technical decisions on
how to clean up the wastes at the Hanford site in an
and cost-effective manner."
James Owendoff, acting assistant energy secretary for
management, acknowledged in a response included in the
GAO report the
potential impact of the contaminants on groundwater is
"There are significant uncertainties and data gaps in
our understanding of
the inventory, distribution and movement of contaminants
in the vadose
zone," Owendoff wrote.
"This information is essential in evaluating the impact
of radioactive or
otherwise hazardous releases to the environment."
At least 67 of the 177 underground tanks are suspected
to have leaked,
Hanford manager John Wagoner said. Liquid wastes have
from all but four of the suspected leakers.
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