On Friday February 22 Washington’s newly elected Governor Jay Inslee revealed that six underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are leaking nuclear waste. The site is located near the Columbia River, one of the Northwest Pacific’s largest rivers that drains into the Pacific Ocean. In a statement on Friday, Gov. Inslee assured, “there is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks,” while admitting, “nonetheless, this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians.”
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