Handford's Dirty Secrets

Rick Sharp

Active Member
#2
Actually the tech interviewed is an instrumentation tech and management wanted him to recalibrate the liquid level alarm settings to zero which would then only respond if an additional leaks appeared. setting the new base line just above the already leaked material so it would not detect anything unless a larger leak began. These tanks hold 2750 gallons per inch and the annulus where the leak was discovered is 2 feet wide and surrounds the tank, basically a tank in a tank. This is just one of many unreported events, if there is not incentive money tied to a particular project the contractors will not work on them, instead wait until DOE offers bonus money for the work, thus lots of things go unreported. The single shell tanks have been leaking for years.

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Old Man

Just an Old Man
#5
If you all want the news, you can get it on WFF. I always thought this site was about fly fishing.

I guess that the government doesn't give a shit about leaks there one kind or another.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#6
What... the Columbia River and its aquatic species being potentially threatened by nuclear waste isn't fishing related? Now if the leakage was going directly into the capital building, then I agree, it's not fishing related... hey, we can still dream can't we? ;)

What struck me was the correlation I have seen in my own career... when the device, approach or method is yielding the results desired, their accuracy or science is rarely questioned.

I think science is and has been for sale to the highest bidder (particularly so in modern times)...either in the form of money or influence.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#11
I'm sorry...but it's 'Hanford', not 'Handford'. Proprly spelling is important when discussing sites that will be a problem for the next several hundred thousand years.
 

jwg

Active Member
#12
What struck me was the correlation I have seen in my own career... when the device, approach or method is yielding the results desired, their accuracy or science is rarely questioned.

I think science is and has been for sale to the highest bidder (particularly so in modern times)...either in the form of money or influence.
Not sure how you got from the bosses questioning the measurement (see your first post and the article) to science is for sale to the highest bidder.

As I read it, the technical staff all acted with integrity and the mid to high level management did not want to accept or verify the evidence of the leak.

Jay
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#13
I'm sorry...but it's 'Hanford', not 'Handford'. Proprly spelling is important when discussing sites that will be a problem for the next several hundred thousand years.
BUT, properly spelling 'proprly' is about as important. or...

properly spelin proprly iz abut as inportent.

either way, Krusty the grammar police just received a warning.;)
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#14
Not sure how you got from the bosses questioning the measurement (see your first post and the article) to science is for sale to the highest bidder.

As I read it, the technical staff all acted with integrity and the mid to high level management did not want to accept or verify the evidence of the leak.

Jay
I wonder how many times management said "what, it's NOT leaking... are you sure the device is calibrated correctly?" If you're life experiences suggests to you that science isn't up for sale, all I can say is lucky you!
 
#15
King 5 hasn't even scratched the surface at how dangerous it is within 100 miles of that place. I suggest that everyone stay away and if you must pass through the area make certain to take iodine tablets a week before driving through, stay in your car and get past there as quickly as possible. Remember the basics, time distance and shielding will minimize your exposure to deadly radiation. You might also want to consider eliminating potatoes from your diet (high in potassium), as well as any fruit grown along the Columbia down stream from white bluffs, and I certainly wouldn't eat any fish from the Columbia or you may glow in the dark as much as Rick does.

Sad that a complete and honest story is not provided. Hanford needs to be cleaned up--No doubt about it, but the media publishes so much nonsense about that place that when a real story breaks no one can believe it.