Radioactive Waste Drums Fall; No Material Released

A Department of Energy contractor, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., says five drums holding low-level radioactive waste fell off a flatbed truck in the center of Hanford yesterday morning but no contaminated material was released.

The drums were among 74 on the truck that were being shipped from a treatment facility at Hanford to a plant just off Hanford.

The truck was in an area where the public is not allowed. It stopped at a railroad crossing and the drums fell off. Radiological surveys showed that none of the drums broke.

The company is working to determine what caused the drums to fall.

The treatment facility receives contaminated waste water from Hanford activities and the material in the drums was solid waste left from the water treatment.