A Careful Camera Radiation Can't Fry

THINK OF THEM AS ENVIRONMENTAL HORROR FLICKS. Westinghouse Hanford Co. is using high-resolution video cameras to monitor highly radioactive materials at the Energy Dept.'s Hanford site in southern Washington State. The image below is from a video of corroded metallic-uranium fuel rods in Hanford's K East storage basin, which is leak-prone and only 1,000 feet from the bank of the Columbia River. While Energy tries to decide what do with it, the irradiated fuel is releasing uranium, plutonium, cesium, strontium, and tritium into the basin water.

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