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Official: More Hanford nuclear accidents likely after back-to-back emergency evacuations

Official: More Hanford nuclear accidents likely after back-to-back emergency evacuations --The Hanford site has produced up to 70 percent of the plutonium for the U.S. nuclear arsenal since it was established in World War II. | 15 June 2017 | Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press. Adding to the likelihood of more nuclear mishaps accidents at the sprawling Hanford Nuclear Reservation is inadequate government funding to quickly clean up the millions of gallons of toxic nuclear waste at the site, said Doug Shoop, who runs the department's operations office at Hanford.