Looking around a bit for more info on Hanford I found this site:
It includes a list of news articles relating to Hanford dating back to January of 2010. Many interesting, and disturbing, reads. I had no idea until
today that this place even existed.
One of the links goes to a .pdf showing 10 facts
that may change the way you think about Hanford. I strongly suggest reading that.
A couple of examples from that .pdf:
4. Hanford’s reactors pumped billions of gallons of radioactive water into the Columbia River making it the “hottest” river in the world
during production. Over one and a half trillion gallons of contaminated liquids were also dumped directly into the soil, equivalent to several weeks
flow of the Columbia River.
8. Pollution has travelled far from the site. In 1964, a Scripps Oceanographic Research Team detected the radioactive chemical, zinc-65 8,000
times higher than normal in shellfish and squid at Cannon Beach, Oregon, 365 miles from the site. Hanford radionuclides have been detected in the
The recently discovered 150-300 gallons leaking from this one container per year may not sound like much, may just be Insley's "no immediate
threat"...but these stories dating back decades tell a different story.