Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hanford Nuclear Site: A Tunnel Collapse Emergency Has Been Declared At The Plutonium Finishing Plant In Washington State

King5: Tunnel at plutonium finishing plant collapses in Hanford

Hundreds of workers were in "take cover" position after a tunnel in a plutonium finishing plant collapsed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation early Tuesday morning.

The AP reports no workers were in the tunnel at the time of collapse. Workers at the site have now been evacuated. Workers farther away were told to remain indoors.

A manager sent a message to all personnel telling them to "secure ventilation in your building" and "refrain from eating or drinking."

The tunnel was full of highly contaminated materials such as hot radioactive trains that transport fuel rods. It connects to a PUREX (plutonium uranium extraction) building.

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More News On A Tunnel Collapse Emergency Being Declared At The Plutonium Finishing Plant 'Hanford Nuclear Site' In Washington State

Hanford Nuclear Reservation tunnel collapse triggers alert -- FOX News
A tunnel collapse emergency has been declared at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, official says no radiation released -- AP
Hanford evacuates staff over contamination concerns -- KIRO Seattle

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