Work noise prompted reports of shots that led to a lockdown at the decommissioned nuclear site.
Law enforcement officials believe reports of gunshots inside a building in Hanford, on the grounds of the Hanford Nuclear Reserve, were a false alarm.
Police from all three cities head to the nuclear facility at Hanford after reports of possible shots fired at the facility.
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, home to one of the world’s most significant nuclear waste clean-up efforts, was closed on Tuesday after unconfirmed reports of an active shooter.
Noise from work at a decommissioned nuclear facility in Washington state led to reports of gunshots that led to the facility’s closure on Tuesday, officials said.
The U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Emergency Operations Center said the noise, reported as gunshots, was likely caused by “works” near Building 2750E. He said that regular activities at the site can now be resumed, except building 2750E.
On Hanford’s website, Hanford wrote: “Hanford construction site personnel, except building 2750E personnel, can now return to regular duties as Hanford construction site personnel.
Hanford employees, except those on the Hanford Site.” to be able to return to their regular duties on Tuesday afternoon. Reports came in from District 200 East in the centre of the site at the Building 2750E office building used by Washington River Protection Solutions, a Hanford tank contractor.
The Tri-City Herald reports that building employees were evacuated, and others working at the Hanford site were locked down. The Hanford building was locked down Tuesday morning while officers investigated. Benton County sheriff’s deputies completed an initial search of a building on the Hanford property where gunshots were fired late Tuesday morning. The Hanford Site is a decommissioned nuclear manufacturing facility operated by the U.S. federal government on the Columbia River in Benton County, Washington.
In 2007, the Hanford site accounted for 60% by volume of high-level radioactive waste administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and 7-9% of all nuclear waste in the U.S. federal government. The remaining 85% consists of commercial SNF).
Today, the Hanford site contains 56 million gallons of radioactive waste that seeps into the soil and groundwater because many tanks have never been replaced. Federal officials spend an estimated $2.5 billion annually to clean up debris from the environment and polluted buildings, soil, and groundwater.
Before a nuclear facility can shut down, it must deal with its hazardous waste. To support the argument, the true story of atomic weapons and the damage done at every nuclear facility cannot be shared with the public. The government claims that these weapons ensure our security with atomic weapons.
The nuclear facility at Hanford is closed to the public, and employees go through a security check to show their work I.D.s. The Hanford Nuclear Reserve was first used in 1943 to produce plutonium for the Manhattan Project, which produced nuclear weapons during World War II. In 1963, the Hanford site had nine nuclear reactors along the Columbia River, five reprocessing plants on the Central Plateau, and over 900 ancillary buildings and radiological laboratories.
In 1965, there were nine weapons reactors, five reprocessing plants, hundreds of auxiliary and research buildings, and 177 underground waste tanks. Production facilities were phased out with the Cold War and the Department of Defense. Because of this concentration of expertise, the Hanford facility can diversify its activities to include scientific research, test facilities and commercial nuclear power generation.
Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in Hanford, south-central Washington, the site is home to the historic B-type reactor world. The radiation reached the Pacific Ocean 200 miles away, contaminating fish and soil along the way. Since the 1960s, U.S. Public Health Service scientists have published reports of the radioactivity released by Hanford, and health departments in Oregon and Washington state have protested. The river was polluted by a diverted cooling system, and Hanford never fully documented occasional leaks, making it difficult to pinpoint their extent.
Raising the voice of workers like Ellingsworth will make it harder for the former worker and other activists at the Hanford site to be fired in their fight for justice and relief.