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Toxic nuclear waste leaking from Washington dump : TreeHugger

CBS News has a startling report on a toxic leak at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, which they call “the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.” According to CBS, the Hanford site was where the plutonium that was used for the nuclear bombs used in World War II were produced. And in the decades since, it has been the dumping ground for nuclear waste from the defense industry.

Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York, explains the scope of the problem:

Radioactive waste is a “witch’s brew of chemicals,” Kaku said, explaining it contains the most dangerous chemicals known to science like plutonium, enriched uranium, nitric acid and solvents. “We have 56 million gallons worth of this toxic stuff,” he said. “To get this into perspective, to get your head around this, imagine 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools containing the most toxic substance known to science of which two Olympic-size swimming pools have leaked right into the ground and eventually into the water table and, perhaps, even into people’s drinking water.”

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