Hanford: Storied nuke plant becomes environmental wasteland

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FILE - This 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Department of Energy shows the construction of a "tank farm" to store nuclear waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The first 149 storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation were built between 1943 and 1964 with just a single, stainless-steel wall. They were designed to last only 10 to 20 years, because they were intended as a stopgap measure until a more permanent solution could be found to deal with the waste. Turns out the tanks were susceptible to corrosion; some even buckled from the extreme heat radiated by the waste. Between 1959 and 1968, the U.S. Energy Department confirmed that 12 tanks were leaking. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy, File)