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Daunting Issue: Underground Storage Tanks

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56 Million Gallons
Vitrification for High Level Waste
Grout for Low-Level Waste
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The Department of Energy faces the daunting task of managing 56 million gallons of radioactive and toxic wastes, generated during plutonium production, currently held in 177 underground storage tanks. Leaks from some of the tanks have spurred concerns that the waste could infiltrate the nearby Columbia River.