Nuclear Hanford Vit plant workers sent 'take cover' immediately alert over 'incident' with plutonium and uranium tunnels





According to the Hanford government website the main function of the facilities in the 200 Area is to remove plutonium from uranium fuel rods after they had been subjected to the nuclear chain reaction.

The Department of Ecology website states that in May 2017, a portion of the roof of PUREX Storage Tunnel 1 on the Hanford site collapsed.

The government department's website read: "We issued an order to the U.S. Department of Energy to ensure that Tunnel 1 and Tunnel 2 are stabilized to minimize the danger of further collapses resulting in the release of radioactive contaminants."



 

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