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Crack found on aging Savannah River Site waste tank

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 6:02 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 12:43 AM
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Savannah River Site officials recently discovered a new crack in an aging Cold War-era storage tank holding high-level nuclear waste.

The crack in Tank 4 was identified as a potential leak site during an annual visual inspection. The crack is high enough on the tank wall that nuclear waste won’t seep out, according to a Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board weekly report.

Cleaning up the tanks has been the center of a dispute between South Carolina officials and the federal government. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control has threatened to fine the federal government more than $150 million if it does not meet cleanup deadlines.

The site has 51 radioactive-waste tanks, six of which are no longer in use. Many of the tanks, which have been used since the 1950s and ’60s, when the site helped make nuclear weapons, are cracked, rusty or have leaked.

An environmental group said the Nov. 15 report on the crack underscores the need for waste to be removed and processed quickly.

“As further degradation of the aging tanks is certain, the dangerous nuclear waste needs to be dealt with promptly and Congress must provide proper funding levels for that urgent mission,” said Tom Clements, the South­eastern nuclear campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/13/14 - 07:19 pm
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Absolutely no need to panic,

Absolutely no need to panic, folks! I've got the solution to this problem, and it won't cost millions of dollars to fix it!! Instead, it'll only cost $19.95!
That's right...$19.95! Get one of those cans of Insta-Seal and it'll seal thst sucker right up! If it can seal a big flower pot...and a boat...it'll seal up that reactor crack thing!
And...that's not all!....if you pay an additional shipping and handling, you can get another can for FREE!!

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 01/13/14 - 10:56 pm
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bulk discounts available?

Do you think that they'd give 20% off if 1000 cans were bought?! As the off-the-rails plutonium fuel (MOX) program will be negatively impacting clean-up funds for SRS for the next two decades, if it's allowed to keep running up the debt, this super-duper tank sealant may be the only way to go.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/14 - 04:21 am
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Past Widespread Panic

We can be the most high tech, computer using people, able to send land rovers over Mars, but when it comes to the most dangerous waste, we keep it in 50 year old cracking tanks. CSRA is Yucca Mt. by default.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/14/14 - 08:10 am
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CSRA is Yucca Mt. by default.

And that scares me.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 01/14/14 - 09:49 am
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abandon hope, all ye who live around here

oh, gee, let me think...do i really believe a FEDERAL agency telling me ANYTHING is safe, let alone a crack in a nuclear waste storage tank? i think not!

obkad
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obkad 01/14/14 - 10:26 am
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Insta-seal

What people do not realize is that these leaks seal themselves in the event waste leaks from the crack. First of all they don't say how big the crack is, and how long have they known about it. I suspect this crack has been there for years. This tank probably has not had any waste added in 30 years as the facility knows the crack is there.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/14 - 04:05 pm
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Obkad, we have nuclear wastes that will be deadly for about 900 million thousand gazillion years stored in tanks made out of concrete and metal. What could possibly go wrong?

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/15/14 - 02:57 am
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Yes Insta Seal or whatever

Yes Insta Seal or whatever would probably work but here is what will actually happen. They will get about 50 million from the Federal government, hire one thousand office people and about twenty actual workers to fix the crack. And now you know how SRS works!

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