Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wash. State governor identifies radioactive leaks at Hanford
News of problems at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington as reported by Seattle's own KOMO 4 News: Inslee: 6 underground Handford nuclear tanks leaking. Both state and federal officials acknowledge the problems, and Washington's liberal Democrat governor Jay Inslee seeks to reassure the residents of the surrounding area that the leaks are not an immediate threat. Forgive me if I am skeptical of the assurances provided by various federal and state agencies that have long failed to treat with adequate seriousness the ongoing threat posed to eastern Washington, Idaho and eastern Oregon by the extensive nuclear contamination at the Hanford site. The contamination stretches back to the 1940's, contamination that has lead to such dreadful horrors as the "down-winder" phenomenon.