Media: in the United States are investigating a possible radiation leak from storage in Hanford

© AP Photo / Manuel ValdesХэнфордский complex in the United States. Archival photoMedia: in the United States are investigating a possible radiation leak from storage in Hanford© AP Photo / Manuel Valdes

Authorities in Washington state are investigating a possible leak of radioactive substances into Hanfords nuclear complex where on may 9 collapsed structures, traces of radiation have been found in the search robot and one of the employees, according to CNN.

According to TV channel, the contractor working on the scene, recorded the traces of radiation on the search engines and on the clothes of one of the employees. «Followed established procedures for cleaning, including the removal of infected clothing. Further survey work showed no traces of infection», — quotes the channel as the representative of the contractor. The company added that traces of radiation on the clothing of other employees also were found.

Reportedly, the contractor already had one examination with the help of special tools. Its results for signs of leakage of radioactive substances into Hanfords storage have been identified. However, the company is preparing to conduct additional visual inspections by video.

Authorities in Washington urged the U.S. Department of energy to join the investigation and to ensure that the object is not a threat.

On the largest U.S. radioactive waste repository may 9, collapsed tunnel, the staffs were partially evacuated, nobody has suffered. Authorities later reported that the release of radioactive substances was not, and the collapsed tunnel has been successfully sealed.

In the store there are radioactive waste, the rest mainly after the experiments the military nuclear program of the United States.

Hanfords complex (located on the banks of the Columbia river, Washington) is currently derived from the operation of the complex for the production of plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program. In Hanford housed the world’s first commercial reactor to develop weapons-grade plutonium. For all the time Hanfords complex produced about 57 tons of weapons-grade plutonium, which accounted for two-thirds of all of the material accumulated in the United States.

After the end of the cold war production of plutonium at the plant was curtailed, however, as a result of the production process of more than 200 thousand cubic meters of high level radioactive waste that are on the site. It is about two-thirds of the volume of all radioactive waste on the territory of the United States.

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