"Scientists studying the soil beneath a leaking Hanford nuclear waste storage tank have discovered more than 100 species of bacteria living in a toxic, radioactive environment that most would have thought inhospitable to all forms of life.So, maybe we should be happy that the senate [Senate approves change in defense nuclear cleanup requirements , by H. JOSEF HEBERT ]:
'Even in some of the most contaminated zones, we found a few living organisms,' said Fred Brockman, a microbial ecologist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Brockman is presenting the findings today at the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting in New Orleans.
For most living creatures, the nuclear and chemical waste in the underground storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the deadliest mixture of toxins and radioactive muck on the planet.
For certain bacteria, however, this toxic goop left over from decades of nuclear weapons production appears to be just a second home."
"...agreed to ease cleanup requirements for tanks holding millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from Cold War-era bomb making.So, maybe it will all work out.
Senate critics said the change would leave poisonous sludge in underground tanks and risk contamination of groundwater.
An attempt to block the change failed by the narrowest of margins. Senators voted 48-48 on an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., that would have stripped the provision from a defense authorization bill.
The provision allows the DOEto reclassify radioactive sludge in 51 tanks at a South Carolina nuclear site so it can be left in place and covered by concrete, instead of being entombed in the Nevada desert."