During a news conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a single shell nuclear waste storage tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation outside the Tri-Cities has developed a slow leak. Sen. Sharon Brown, who represents the 8th Legislative District in which Hanford resides, issued the following statement:
“This is a clear wake-up call that the state must continue working with the federal government to make the cleanup efforts at Hanford a high priority. The contractors who have been working on cleanup for some time now have been doing an excellent job, however today’s news just goes to show that more work needs to be done.
“There are a number of underground tanks storing nuclear waste material at the Hanford site, and all of them are well past their prime. I’m pleased that Governor Inslee takes the situation that my constituents live with every day so seriously, and I look forward to working with him and his agencies to help facilitate a more thorough cleanup effort.
“As the state senator for the people of the 8th District, I consider Hanford to be one of my top priorities here at the Legislature. I will be working diligently to not only find solutions to the problems we’re facing at Hanford, but also to keep residents of the Tri-Cities area informed about what’s being done to keep them safe.
“I’m happy to see that this poses no immediate health threat to the community, but it does highlight the need for more resources at the Hanford facility.”