Hanford officials fail to meet deadline to begin emptying leaking double-walled tank


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RICHLAND, Washington — The U.S. Department of Energy failed to meet a deadline to begin emptying radioactive waste from a Hanford tank with an interior leak.

The Monday deadline to start the work had been ordered by the state of Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reports the Energy Department and the state have been in settlement talks since July regarding Tank AY-102. John Price of the Washington State Department of Ecology is hopeful an agreement can be reached.

The state issued an order in March setting the Sept. 1 deadline for starting to empty the tank.

The Energy Department discovered in 2012 that radioactive waste was leaking from the interior shell into the space between the shells.

The waste is left from the past production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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