Birds at Hanford vit plant spread contaminated waste via the Tri-City Herald

Work stopped Wednesday morning at parts of the Hanford vitrification plant after radioactive contamination was detected under a bird’s nest, according to Bechtel National.

The contamination is suspected of coming from mud used for the nest, which may have belonged to a swallow, said Bechtel spokesman Todd Nelson. Only a small amount of contaminated soil was found, and the contamination was at a low level.

About 130 workers were surveyed for contamination, but none was found, Nelson said. They had been working in two buildings, the High Level Waste and Pretreatment facilities, that are not yet enclosed.

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