The integrity of nuclear waste tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington State has come into question as Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has recently highlighted the site as a current environmental issue. The Washington site contains dozens of large storage tanks all used to house radioactive waste that resulted from nuclear weapons development in WWII. The tanks are made up of two layers of metal in order to prevent leaking. Senator Wyden wishes to examine the integrity of the storage tanks to prevent any toxic waste material being released.
In 2012 a major leak occurred in one of the tanks, but officials assured the public that this was an isolated incident due to the tank’s unusually high radioactive contents. The Energy Department (ED) assured everyone that the other tanks were in working order and were in no danger of leaking. Senator Wyden was one of the ED members that made such a conclusion. Attitudes have changed for many officials over the past few years after additional site assessments. It is now believed that the double layered tanks have experienced some leaking in between layers. No material has actually leaked out of the tanks or contaminated their surroundings yet, but the potential for disaster is now becoming far more likely.
The tanks were built in the 1960’s & 1970’s and are intended to last several more decades before replacement. Ideally Hanford would like to melt the radioactive waste and glass to form solid cylinders which would greatly reduce any risk of exposure. That idea is fifteen years in the making and has yet to materialize.
The short term solution to a potential leak from the tanks is a far more careful balance than one could anticipate. The Energy Department must drain a hazardous liquid from the top of the tanks. It is usually this liquid that makes the radioactive sludge at the bottom of the tank extremely hot and corrosive. There is the chance for the sludge to become even hotter during the removal process and further corrode the storage tank. If the latter occurs, the integrity of the double layered storage tanks would become critically weak. This would increase the likelihood for future radioactive waste leaks.
So much for reviewing the NRC (previously ERNS) for records of spill sites for the next few months it sounds like .
"The NRC website was taken down on February 21st. During the restoration process, the NRC was required to comply with new DOD/DHS cyber security requirements. The NRC will bring a new website online to meet these requirements, though it is an arduous process and taking longer than originally anticipated. The website will be brought back online in a stepped fashion beginning with publishing static pages within the next two weeks. The NRC report query tool and web reporting tool will not be immediately available, though we hope to have full website functionality no later than the end of May. In the meantime, we are looking at other intra-governmental websites that may be able to host our FOIA data until our main site is finished.""The NRC website was taken down on February 21st. During the restoration process, the NRC was required to comply with new DOD/DHS cyber security requirements. The NRC will bring a new website online to meet these requirements, though it is an arduous process and taking longer than originally anticipated. The website will be brought back online in a stepped fashion beginning with publishing static pages within the next two weeks. The NRC report query tool and web reporting tool will not be immediately available, though we hope to have full website functionality no later than the end of May. In the meantime, we are looking at other intra-governmental websites that may be able to host our FOIA data until our main site is finished."
This process has not impacted the NRC's ability to take and disseminate reports to first responders via it our 800-424-8802 hotline.
I have a question concerning the use of recycled asphalt. Are there any concerns regarding the use of recycled (or used) asphalt for backfilling purposes, such as building demolition or pipe excavations? How about waste piles of used asphalt?
The state of New Jersey has had its fair share of traffic related news in recent months, with the scandals regarding politically motivated man made traffic jams haunting Governor Chris Christy’s term. Aside from political scandal there is another serious issue regarding the Garden State’s roadways. The incredible amount of salt that has been used on the roads during the unusually snowy winter is predicted to cause significant water contamination as snow and ice melts.
The winter of 2013-2014 has required an estimated 460,000 tons of road salt, which is 80% more than the amount used in prior winters. All of this salt is expected to melt as temperatures rise. The salty water will run off into local waterways, including reservoirs used for drinking water. As a result water utility companies have issued warnings that drinking water may have an unusual or salty taste to it in the near future. This warning is especially important to residents suffering from illnesses requiring a low sodium diet. Letters have also been sent out to over fifty medical facilities warning them of the potential for elevated sodium levels and that their water purifiers should be adjusted accordingly. New Jersey safety and health programs are emphasizing the potential health risk an increase in drinking water salinity could have on sensitive populations.
Local ecosystems are also at risk due to the salty runoff. Increased sodium levels could have devastating results on freshwater fish and plants. Unfortunately, both fish and many plants are at the bottom of the food chain, so when they are affected by an environmental change, the animals reliant on them as a food source are also affected. The timing of the snowmelt is also noteworthy, as the majority of it will occur during springtime. Spring is a time in which new plants bloom and baby animals are born making them particularly vulnerable to sodium chloride exposure. Researchers expect eggs and larva could be hardest hit by road salt.
In the past, water filtration companies have not worried about removing sodium chloride from drinking water since its levels were well below the amount of salt allowed in the average diet. The companies have also assured the public they are operating in complete environmental compliance.
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Where in your reports are you guys discussing vapor?
We are in the planning stages for a Phase I of > 10,000 acres, comprised of nearly 300 parcels. We plan to walk the smaller parcels and use a chopper to view the larger parcels. There are dozens and dozens of parcels greater than 100 acres. The land is almost entirely agricultural / wooded with some residential. A large amount of the agricultural land is active crop fields.
The way I interpret 9.2.1 of E1527 is that we are only required to view the periphery (boundaries) of the parcel (and buildings), unless we note roadways or paths. In which case, we should get on the ground and identify where the paths lead and what their use may have been.
By the way, this is an update to the Phase I we completed for the same lands about 8 years ago.
I'd like to hear your thoughts and opinions, especially from attorneys.