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US nuclear storage tanks leaking radioactive waste

The Hanford site, seen here in 1999, housed nuclear reactors before accommodating the storage tanks. Credit: PA Archive

Six underground storage tanks at a nuclear site in the US state of Washington have been leaking radioactive waste, officials have said.

The seeping at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation poses no near-term danger of polluting the Columbia River and the leak provides no immediate health risk, state governor Jay Inslee said.

But he described the updated findings, which come a week after radioactive waste was found at one tank on the site, as "disturbing news for all Washingtonians".

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Cumbria councillors debate proposal for nuclear dump

Council leaders in Cumbria are deciding whether to rule out plans for a potential nuclear storage site in the North-West.

Protesters both for and against the government proposals gathered outside the council meeting to voice their views.

Anti-nuclear campaigners demonstrating outside the council meeting Credit: ITV Border

Three local authorities - Cumbria County Council and the borough authorities of Allerdale and Copeland - are to decide whether to sanction a more detailed study into the geological suitability of the area and thesocial and economic implications.

Currently the UK's nuclear waste is stored above ground, which is widely considered to be a temporary solution.

Follow the story on the ITV Border website.

Many nuclear workers, backed up by their unions, believe the storage site will bring jobs and prosperity to the region Credit: ITV Border

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