In a story that is continuing to develop, a tunnel collapse at a nuclear facility in Washington State has officials fearing for the worst.
The Hanford nuclear site reported today that a tunnel containing a vast amount of nuclear material has collapsed, creating a possibly dangerous situation for workers onsite. The radioactive material in the tunnel was comprised of traditional nuclear waste as well as contaminated vehicles and equipment that were used to transport the dangerous substances to their final resting place.
“Hundreds of workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation were evacuatedTuesday after part of a tunnel, which stores rail cars filled with radioactive waste, collapsed.
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“Hanford contractors working nearby were removed from the area while those farther away on the the 586-square-mile site were told to remain indoors, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The complex, about half the size of Rhode Island and located along the Columbia River, has more than 9,000 employees.
“A manager sent a message to all personnel telling them to ‘secure ventilation in your building’ and ‘refrain from eating or drinking.'”
In America, the risk:reward ratio surrounding the implementation of nuclear power has always been a top priority for those working with the highly unstable material. This incident at the Hanford site will surely stir a plethora of liberal, antinuclear activists into motion, gleaning for a piece of the public eye in order to push their misguided agenda; much like the anti-Second Amendment crowd runs for the television cameras the moment that any tragedy occurs involving a firearm.
It would be foolish, however, to ignore the reality of nuclear power and its ability to reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign resources. While nuclear accidents are certainly a terrifying occurrence, their infrequency, coupled with the strict protocols in place for dealing with them, have truly made nuclear energy one of the safest forms of power in America.