Website for FAQs About Hanford Tanks

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The Department of Ecology has created a website to respond to frequently asked questions about the leaking tanks at Hanford.

Some of the most commonly asked questions will respond to the following:

  • How many tanks are leaking and when did they start?
  • What is the threat to public health?
  • What are the options for dealing with leaking tanks?
  • How are the tanks monitored?
  • Wasn't all the liquid pumped out of the SSTs years ago? If so, why are these tanks leaking again?
  • What has been done to slow tank leaks?
  • What has been done to keep water from intruding into the tanks and prevent contaminants from moving toward groundwater?
  • How hard is it to get the waste out of tanks?
  • If the waste is pumped out of the tanks, where will it go? Don't you need additional storage space? If so, how much time and money is it going to take to build new tanks?
  • Is there any good news about Hanford tanks?
  • Why didn't Ecology know about the leaks sooner?
  • Will Ecology take enforcement actions if USDOE does not act soon?

In the right sidebar of this page, you can link to news stories about the leaks, Ecology presentations and other resources on the subject, and Washington’s regulations for tank systems.

If you don't find the answer you are looking for, please submit emails to or call 1-800-321-2008.


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