Emergency Declared At Hanford Nuclear Site In Washington

An emergency alert has been declared at the Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington State after the collapse of a rail tunnel near the PUREX building – plutonium uranium extraction plant of the facility.

Workers took cover and turned off ventilation systems after minor damage was discovered in the wall of a transport tunnel, a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy said by telephone from the Hanford Joint Information Center.

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