Hanford nuclear weapons site is just 200 miles southwest of Seattle and is the site of one of the most troubling ongoing nuclear leakages in the United States. Simply stated the plant is falling apart and in dire need of repair. It has been thought that a very large double shell nuclear waste holding tank is leaking boiling radioactive chemical waste.
The holding tank is 41 years old and now more incidents involving workers showing contamination suggest that a second tank is also failing after a tunnel collapse.
An article in the Wall Street Journal by Jim Carlton cited a joint letter by Governor Kate Brown of Oregon and Washington Governor Jay Inslee as stating, “The May 9th incident should serve as an urgent reminder of the challenges in cleaning up the Hanford site that require a rededication of attention and resources in order to ensure progress continues moving forward,” the governors said in their letter to the Republican president. “The longer it takes to clean up the facilities and structures that store mixed chemical and radioactive waste, the farther and farther they get past their useful lives—causing degradation and more risk of failing.”
Read this article on the Hanford situation titled, What it Took to Demolish the Most Infamous Room at the Hanford Nuclear Site.
While many demand more nuclear plants they do not understand that there is a lack of knowledge and ability to control what we already have.
When you consider that handling nuclear waste is an eternal problem with no solution, it should give pause to any sane person.
Consider Fukushima where they have no idea what to do to stop the meltdown and contain the radiation.
Washington Public Health ran an article on Hanford titled, Hanford's Lethal Legacy.
Hanford is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States and you can read more on this at Wikipedia.
The infrastructure of the USA is failing. Roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, trains, electrical grids and nuclear facilities.
It is past time to demand action on these things before it is too late.
John Swinton, editor of the New York Times in the 1880's, made this toast to the 'independent press' at a banquet held in his honor.
The remarks seem to come full circle to our time today.
"There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.Swinton began his own newspaper later where he attacked the robber barons of his day.
I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with—others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things—and any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.
The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread.
You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an "Independent Press." We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men.
We are intellectual prostitutes."
By the way, $150 in Swinton's day would be $$3,393.65 today.
It is interesting to see Dems and Republican trading barbs back and forth as if one side has any semblance of moral high ground.
Bill Maher was inappropriate toward Ivanka Trump?
Sure he was but I think Trump beat him to the punch with his own trashy remarks about his daughter to Howard Stern. What kind of werido father talks about his kids like that?
Trump is no prize. He is very common.
There is a reason Trump was used as the template for Biff Tanner in "Back to the Future".
Both right and left are disgusting and trashy.
The FCC is investigating Maher? What a joke.