Tun­nel col­lapses at US nuke site

New Straits Times - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Thou­sands of work­ers at a nu­clear site in Wash­ing­ton were or­dered to take cover on Tues­day af­ter a stor­age tun­nel filled with con­tam­i­nated ma­te­rial par­tially col­lapsed, but there was no in­di­ca­tion of a ra­dioac­tive leak.

Em­ploy­ees at the sprawl­ing Han­ford Site plant, about 275km south­east of Seat­tle, were sent an alert by man­age­ment telling them to take cover and to “se­cure ven­ti­la­tion” and re­frain from eat­ing or drink­ing.

Of­fi­cials said there was no sign that any ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial had leaked af­ter crews dis­cov­ered that a 6m sec­tion of a tun­nel filled with con­tam­i­nated equip­ment had caved in.

A Depart­ment of En­ergy spokesman said nearly 5,000 em­ploy­ees were at the Han­ford Site, which spreads across 1,518km, when the emer­gency was de­clared.

She said fewer than a dozen em­ploy­ees were in close vicin­ity of the tun­nel.

By early af­ter­noon, non-es­sen­tial em­ploy­ees were told to go home as crews pre­pared to fill the hole with clean soil, of­fi­cials said.

“All em­ploy­ees have been ac­counted for, there were no in­juries

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