Nuclear Disasters

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.

The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation's top federal nuclear research lab.

Federal officials said it's the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at the site but might not be the last.

That's because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes it hard for officials to now know the exact contents...

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