Overnight Potential Leak at Hanford- No Contamination Found

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Hanford Site

A potential leak was detected near one of the single shelled tanks on the "C" tank farm on the Hanford Site last night.

Workers were told to shelter in place while crews conducted radiological and chemical surveys of the area.  No detectable levels of contamination were found.

Traffic barricades are now in place around "C" farm, but the shelter in place order has been lifted.

Hanford workers should report to work as per usual today.

 

Release from Hanford-

HANFORD JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

Richland, Wash.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

5:05 a.m.

The Emergency Operations Center terminated the Alert-level emergency at 5:05 a.m. Contractor Retrieval Operations personnel will perform follow-up evaluation in the C Tank Farm. While higher than expected levels of radiation were confirmed, there is no indication of a leak or spill in C Farm.

4:03 a.m.

 

UPDATE ON ALERT DECLARED AT HANFORD

WORKERS SHOULD REPORT TO WORK AS SCHEDULED

 

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) activated the Hanford Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday night after an alert, the lowest level of emergency, was declared at the Hanford Site at the C Tank Farm in the 200 East Area.

As a precaution, C Tank personnel were evacuated, and for a time personnel in and around the 200 East Area were sheltered in place and access to the Hanford Site was restricted. All protective actions outside of C Tank Farm have been lifted.

 

Hanford emergency personnel are still responding at C Tank Farm and barriers have been placed around C Tank Farm.

 

Employees should report to work today as normally scheduled 

 

Should it become necessary, employees will be notified by the Hanford Site Emergency Alerting System.

 

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Information regarding this event can be viewed at www.hanford.gov