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Radioactive waste tunnel at Hanford collapsed a year ago

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RICHLAND, Wash. -

The partial collapse of a radioactive waste storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a year ago was a wakeup call.
  
But whether the call has made a difference is up for debate.
  
The Tri-City Herald reports the tunnel collapse occurred last May 9 at the former plutonium production site.
  
Hanford watchers say the collapse was the result of limited money to address the most serious risks at the site, as aging facilities - some of them built during World War II - deteriorate.
  
The collapse prompted thousands of workers to take cover indoors.
  
Franklin and Benton counties activated their emergency operations centers, and many in the Tri-Cities waited to hear if loved ones at Hanford were OK.
  
Fortunately, no radioactive waste particles escaped and no worker was injured.
  
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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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