According to the Spokesman-Review

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who at one point admitted he didn’t know that oversight of the country’s nuclear facilities fell under his agency’s purview, has reportedly been briefed on the situation. 


Just over one year ago, a leak at the site prompted warnings of “catastrophic” consequences, as Common Dreams reported at the time. 

On Tuesday, Kevin Kamps, of Beyond Nuclear put the most recent accident in a larger context. “The current unfolding crisis at Hanford, the bursting barrel at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant  (WIPP) in New Mexico in 2014, and the exploding radioactive waste dump in Beatty, Nevada in 2015, show that radioactive waste management is out of control,” he said.

Looking forward to other troubling projects in the works, he added: “That’s why the Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada, the Canadian dump targeted at the Great Lakes shore, and the parking lot dumps in Texas and New Mexico must be blocked, to prevent future disasters.”

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