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Workers Discover More Hanford Contamination

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation have discovered an area of radioactive soil that contains 10 times a lethal dose if someone were holding it for an
hour.

Mark French of the U.S. Department of Energy, which manages Hanford cleanup, says there is no sign the contamination has migrated to groundwater. He says more sampling will be done in the days ahead.

The soil is under a building that was once used to explore methods to treat radioactive waste. The workers discovered a cracked steel liner under a drain and used remote equipment to conduct soil samples.

The samples showed radiation levels thousands of times greater than allowable limits.

Todd Nelson of contractor Washington Closure says there is no immediate danger to workers or the environment.
      
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