Some workers at Hanford exposed to radioactive waste
Posted October 18
RICHLAND, Wash. — Some workers at a Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank farm have had their skin contaminated with low levels of radioactive waste.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning.
The Tri-City Herald reports the workers were in a pit at the AX Tank Farm when contamination was detected in the pit.
They backed out of the area, but a survey found low levels of radioactive contamination on their skin.
Equipment is being installed in the AX Tank Farm to allow waste to be emptied from leak-prone, underground nuclear waste storage tanks.
Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and now is cleaning up a vast quantity of radioactive waste from that work.