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Hole In Hanford Tunnel Being Filled In

(Richland, WA)  --  Officials say approximately 50 truckloads of soil will be used to plug the 400-square-foot hole that resulted from the collapse of a waste-storage tunnel at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington.  The tunnel stores rail cars containing contaminated equipment and radioactive material, but there have been no reports of radiation leakage.  Governor Jay Inslee says Washington's state Department of Ecology will issue an enforcement action to the U.S. Department of Energy in response to the Tuesday incident.  It calls for the federal agency and its contractor to determine the cause of the breach, assess future risks, and provide an evaluation and draft plans for corrective actions.

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