Cumbria Trust was concerned to hear of the collapse of a tunnel holding radioactive waste at Hanford, some 200 miles south east of Seattle. No radiological leak has so far been reported, but this could still occur and we know from the accidents at WIPP that there is a tendency to suppress bad news. Hanford has many similarities with Sellafield. They were both sites developed in the rush to create plutonium for nuclear weapons, and both of them contain large quantities of highly radioactive waste for which no credible long term plan yet exists. Both of the sites have many poorly maintained facilities with a history of accidents and leakage. The UK has continued to concentrate its search on Cumbria, despite a £400m investigation by Nirex declaring the area to be completely unsuitable. The UK’s approach to this Nirex investigation is to remove much of the data from the public domain, thereby airbrushing its problems from history. The latest Radioactive Waste Management national geological survey (which is long overdue) has even sought to exclude this inconvenient data from its own survey, which strongly suggests a return to Cumbria.
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