19 More Reasons to Be Worried About the Hanford Nuclear Site

Problems at the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation continue to unfold.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy confirmed that one of the 28 double-shelled tanks storing nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was leaking.

Now, inspection report documents released by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) show that six other double-shelled tanks—which hold roughly 5 million gallons of high-level waste—have similar, significant flaws that could lead to a leak.

In addition, the reviews showed that 13 other double-shelled tanks holding roughly 12 million gallons of high-level waste also posed concerns over their “long-term integrity.”

In a letter sent to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Friday, Wyden wrote, in part: