False alarm prompts Hanford workers to take cover

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he waste treatment plant at the former Hanford nuclear weapons complex is a small industrial city that would transform radioactive sludge to solid glass. (Department of Energy)

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation briefly took cover after a chlorine alarm sounded at a water treatment plant.

The Wednesday afternoon alarm was determined to be false.

Department of Energy spokesman Geoff Tyree told the Tri-City Herald that no chlorine leak was detected.

Hanford was created by the Manhattan Project during World War II in the race to build an atomic bomb.

The sprawling complex near Washington’s Tri-Cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco is involved in a multi-decade cleanup program that already has cost more than $40 billion.

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1 Comment

  • Gary Williamson

    This situation is pathetic. The Fed. Gov. is going to neglect this site until it’s to late and the Columbia River is polluted beyond repair.

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