RICHLAND, Wash. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday inspectors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation found improperly managed asbestos in 19 of 22 samples taken at demolition sites.
The samples were taken at six demolition areas. The EPA said waste containing asbestos was improperly disposed at a Hanford waste facility and there may be as many as 35 more sites where asbestos has, or is suspected to have been, released to the soil.
The EPA fined The U.S. Department of Energy $115,000 for those violations and also noted two other violations involving asbestos at Hanford.
The Department of Energy oversees the Hanford cleanup which includes the demolition of hundreds of buildings at the site which processed materials for construction of nuclear weapons for World War II and the Cold War.