Crews at the Hanford Site have filled the hole in the tunnel near the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX) with...Posted by Hanford Site on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Tens of millions of gallons of radioactive waste are stored at the Hanford site, sometimes referred to as a “nuclear reservation.” The facility is located 33 miles from the eastern border of the Yakama Reservation and near the Columbia River. Although the land that includes Hanford was ceded to the United States through treaties signed in 1855, the agreements guaranteed tribal access to the area. Those uses were restricted when the federal government unilaterally began using the site for nuclear research, testing and other activities during World War II and through the Cold War. The Wanapum Band lived on the land that includes Hanford up until being forced out. The tribe lacks federal recognition as a separate entity although some descendants are enrolled in the Yakama Nation. Read More on the Story:
Yakamas call for faster cleanup of Hanford tunnel (The Yakima Herald-Republic 5/11)
Hole in radioactive waste tunnel filled, difficult work ahead (The Tri-City Herald 5/11)
Yakama Nation to Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Step Your Game Up, Sis (KFFM 5/10)
US nuclear site’s collapsed tunnel may have gone unnoticed (AP 5/10)