Stop Nuclear Waste Tank Leak

Nuclear Plant

Target: Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia D. Bellon

Goal: Demand that a leaking nuclear waste tank be fixed immediately

A deal struck between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington State Department of Ecology says that a tank full of nuclear waste will be allowed to continue leaking for an entire year before anything will be done to fix the problem, even though they have been aware of the leak for nearly two years. The tank is located at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a plant that has made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades and has been the subject of severe criticism from environmental activists.

Everyone knows that nuclear waste has a terrible effect on the environment and everything it touches, including plants, animals, and humans. The idea that this toxic sludge will be allowed to threaten the surrounding area where it could contaminate the earth and kill wildlife for a year is needlessly reckless and reprehensible. Federal law requires that any leaking nuclear tank must be emptied immediately to prevent further damage, as risks to the environment increase with each day the leak is allowed to continue.

Hanford claims that they don’t have the necessary equipment to safely empty the tank yet, but it should not be exempt from this law just because it didn’t have the foresight to obtain the proper tools to empty the tank before it started leaking, and there’s no reason that it should take a year to get what the company requires to stop the leak. Hanford should be fined and made to obtain the equipment and start pumping as soon as possible.

Emptying this tank to prevent more leaking should be priority one for Hanford and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Sign the petition below to demand that action be taken immediately to stop this dangerous leak and spare the environment from further damage.


Dear Director Bellon,

We’re all aware of the terrible effects that nuclear waste has on whatever it comes into contact with. Nuclear waste leaks have been responsible for devastating the environment, mutating animals, and causing severe illness in humans. In spite of this knowledge, a tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been allowed to leak since October 2012, and because of a new deal between your department and the U.S. Department of Energy, it will continue leaking without action taken to stop it until 2016.

This decision is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Under federal and Washington State law, nuclear waste leaks must be dealt with immediately. Hanford should not be exempt from punishment and required action simply because the facility does not have the right equipment. The company has had two years to obtain it, and it should have had it ready before any leaks even began.

This is not a matter to be taken lightly. I urge you to reconsider and subject Hanford to a stricter deadline. It should have to do everything possible to stop the leak as soon as possible  rather than be given reckless leniency. Please take action to protect both the environment and the lives that depend on it.


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