09 May '17, 9pm

BREAKING: There’s an ongoing emergency at the largest nuclear waste storage site in the U.S. https://t.co/BliclarZD1

There’s an ongoing emergency at the largest nuclear waste storage site in the U.S. Around 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, 400 square feet of soil caved in at the juncture of two several hundred foot–long tunnels housing radioactive material at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington. The tunnels are located next to the long-defunct plutonium uranium extraction facility, called PUREX. The Hanford Emergency Information website reports there’s no sign of contaminant release. Between 8:30 and noon, an alert cautioning people within PUREX facility boundary to evacuate expanded to a site-wide state of emergency, with all employees instructed to shelter in place, a spokesperson for Hanford’s Emergency Operation Center said. “All employees are accounted for, no injuries, and no evidence of a radiological release,” he explained in a Facebook Live video . Hanford Site Ha...

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