February 15th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington

A tank storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is leaking liquids to the tune of 150-300 gallons per year, the governor said Friday.

"This is an extremely toxic substance and we have to have a zero tolerance policy for leaks of radioactive material into the ground, and potentially groundwater of the state of Washington," Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters.

He stressed the leak poses no immediate public heath risk, but said that fact should not be an excuse for complacence.

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  1. chrissy

    Well now heres a very good reason why we NEED the EPA!

    February 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Word.

      February 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heymann

      EPA-kie-yay!

      February 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ little mister, if only those ahem politicians LIVED there! Would solve alot of problems, however most of em dont. They comute there.

    February 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    They've been cleaning up Hanford for years...even before there was an EPA. A very radioactive and dangerous place!

    February 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ PT, why would ANYONE want to live there then???

    February 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    INTERESTING: Guess they have done NOTHING, except to measure the leakage? GREAT LEADERSHIP!

    February 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol @ ronvan, pretty dumb when its in their neighborhood doncha think??

    February 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |