The incident at the store near Seattle has not led to the release of radiation
Moscow. May 10. INTERFAX.RU — the U.S. Department of energy announced that it discovered on the eve of the collapse of the tunnel at the Hartford complex for storing radioactive material in the North-West of the country has not led to increase in radiation background in the area, informs the American TV channel ABC.
“After an intensive site survey believe that at this stage any adverse impact on employees or the release of radiation into the atmosphere was not”, — reads the statement of the Ministry.
They added that the evacuation of personnel, which is critical to maintaining the operation of the complex, was successful.
According to ABC, the incident occurred the previous morning. During a routine inspection, workers found that in one of the tunnels, where he kept the rail cars contaminated with radiation equipment, sank soil.
Hartford complex is located 320 km from Seattle (Washington state). Previously, the complex was used for the production of radioactive materials, now as storage. It is approximately 56 million gallons (approximately 212 million liters) of radioactive waste, most of which is contained in the underground burial grounds.