Beyond countless trillions of dollars America’s military-industrial complex has stolen from its plantation workers of Slavelandia since the end of World War II to mass murder some 12 million people in 19 wars (according to the WORLD FUTURE FUND), they have, and are killing its citizens in the United States.
The murderous Washington crime syndicate is now trying to decide how to deal with the 54 million gallons of radioactive sludge buried near a nuclear-bomb development site in Richland, Wash., that threatens the surrounding area.
The New York Times published a report last week that said the Hanford Site, which is surrounded by 580 square miles of desert, was once used to produce plutonium for nuclear bombs during the Cold War.
The issue has renewed focus because the radioactive waste now threatens the Columbia River, which would impact two states.
The paper said nearby residents have reported thyroid, reproductive, and nervous system tumors that have been linked to the site.
Engineers once thought they found a solution that would include removing the sludge and placing it in thick glass deep in a mountain range in the Nevada desert, but that solution fell through after safety risks were identified, the paper reported.
The Times, citing individuals familiar with new negotiations between the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, said the new conversation is that the U.S. may end up just leaving the sludge “buried forever” near the site inside concrete grout that “would almost certainly decay thousands of years before the toxic materials.”
The troubled site is not limited to Washington state.
The paper noted that there are similar Cold War-era facilities in Ohio and South Carolina that were used to produce 60,000 atom bombs. The radioactivity at these locations is not as easily contained as the dry uranium pellets produced at nuclear power plants, the report said, describing this waste as a “peanut butter-like sludge.”
The Department of Ecology for the State of Washington said there are currently 177 underground tanks containing radioactive waste at the location, including 149 “single-shell tanks decades past their initial design lives of about 25 years.”
“While all of the single-shell tanks have had a majority of their pumpable liquids removed, these tanks still contain a mixture of sludge, salt cake, and residual liquids that is challenging to extract. Two single-shell tanks are currently leaking,” a statement read.
Tank B-109 holds about 123,000 gallons of waste, with about 13,000 gallons of residual liquid, the department said. It is estimated to be leaking 560 gallons per year.
Geoffrey Fettus, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense, told the paper, “The closer you get to the bottom of those tanks, the more radioactive, toxic, and dangerous waste is.”
TRENDPOST: While the U.S. military sees no problem with spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the newest weapons, it is not so willing to spend money on projects that could impact the health of entire states, though we’re sure the issue would be taken care of if the radioactive sludge was threatening to Potomac River. (See “MORE EVIDENCE EV’S ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL WRECK 7” Mar 2023, “OHIO TOXIC TRAIN WRECK MAKING PEOPLE SICK” 21 Feb 2023, and “WORRIED ABOUT COVID? ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’ STILL BEING PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURERS” 13 Dec 2022.)
Thomas Grumbly, the former assistant secretary at the Energy Department told the paper that he informed the Clinton administration that it would cost hundreds of billions to secure these facilities across the U.S. and was told “to never show” his plans publicly.
“They have under-prioritized it,” he said.
The report noted that it would cost $528 billion to treat the Hanford site alone and—given the current rate of spending—could take centuries to secure. Congress has approved $2.8 billion this year, the paper said.