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State, federal officials investigate possible new leak at Hanford

State, federal officials investigate possible new leak at Hanford

State and federal officials are investigating a higher level of radioactivity that may indicate a leak from a tank holding radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

The U.S. Energy Department said workers had detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection Thursday.

“The Department of Energy has been actively monitoring double-shell tank AY-102 since it was discovered to have a slow leak from the primary tank,” the department said in a statement emailed to reporters on Friday. “Workers detected an increased level of contamination during a routine removal of water and survey of the leak...

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