RICHLAND, Wash. - U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell shared new information regarding the recent Hanford tunnel collapse, after her visit to the Hanford Site Saturday.
Cantwell and the Richland Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Doug Shoop, elaborated on the plan of action going forward to avoid any additional collapses of tunnels in a press debriefing at the DOE Service Center in Richland Saturday.
After the visit to the site Cantwell expressed gratitude towards the crews who responded swiftly to the incident in her press debriefing.
Cantwell also said, she hopes the federal government will now take more notice involving the necessary attention needed at the Hanford site clean-up.
"It’s a reminder that we need to stay on top of all of our efforts at Hanford, and the Hanford cleanup," U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell said.
While DOE manager, Doug Shoop, expanded on the strategies they will use going forward.
"We will be putting a very large cover over the entirety of tunnel number one and then we will be working very closely with the state of Washington in the next week or two to determine a longer-term solution," Richland U.S. Department of Energy Manager Doug Shoop said.
Shoop also reiterated that no radiological release took place during the collapse thanks to the radiological control technician’s routine maintenance checks.
While Cantwell did her best to stress a need for extra vigilance in terms of worker safety moving forward, and hopes it will remain a top priority as she continues to push for more federal funding support for the Hanford clean-up effort.
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