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Report finds serious defects at Hanford nuclear waste treatment plant

Report finds serious defects at Hanford nuclear waste treatment plant

A team of nuclear waste experts has found hundreds of serious defects at an Energy Department plant designed to turn millions of gallons of highly radioactive sludge into more stable solid glass at the former weapons facility in Hanford, Wash. The 2014 report, which was leaked Tuesday, is the latest blow to the massive federal program to prevent radioactive waste at Hanford from contaminating the nearby Columbia River. The partially built facility is riddled with 362 "significant design vulnerabilities" that could affect safety and future operations, according to the report, which was commissioned by the government. The team, for example, found that an O-ring designed to seal...

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