03 May 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy is currently planning to make Hanford, sitting right on the Columbia River upstream of Portland, the new National Nuclear Waste Dump where they will bury tons of highly-radioactive nuclear waste in ditches, covering them with dirt; ignoring the tons of liquid waste which have already seeped into the ground, the ground water, and the Columbia River for decades.
As a part of this plan to bring in even more nuclear waste, tens of thousands of truckloads of highly-radioactive waste will be transported through Oregon, up interstate 5, 205, and 84, right through downtown Portland, on their way up to Hanford.
The trucks transporting this deadly cargo however, are only partially-shielded, and thus, will be irradiating everything in their vicinity during the entire length of their journey. Even if no mishaps were to occur with any of these tens of thousands of trucks, the government's own studies indicate that thousands along the truck routes will later die from cancer as a result of their exposure.
However, if only a single one of these tens of thousands of trucks were to be involved in an accident in the Portland Metro area where the truck caught fire and it's cargo were exposed, approx. 300 sq. miles surrounding the accident would have to be PERMANENTLY EVACUATED and quarantined as a radioactive dead-zone.
The only public hearing currently scheduled to be held in Portland will be in less than two weeks, on Wednesday the 16th of May, 2012, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach. The hearing is scheduled for 7:00 pm, with a pre-hearing briefing scheduled for 6:15 pm.
More information about this current plan and the environmental catastrophe at Hanford including additional links and videos can be found at:
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