Gallery: Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste


One of the biggest problems with nuclear power is the radioactive waste it produces; governments and the scientific community have struggled to find ways to safely contain the hazardous materials. Sadly, not all plans work out for the long term – at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site in Washington state, six of 177 aging tanks were recently found to be leaking toxic cargo. The site is home to 56 million gallons of waste (most of it from the production of plutonium for bombs), and this is not the first time Hanford has had problems with leaks.

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