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What to Make of the Tunnel Collapse at a Nuclear Cleanup Site

The incident is only part of the slow-motion deterioration of one of the country's most contaminated places.
Source: Ted S. Warren / AP

On Tuesday morning, workers at the Hanford Site, a Cold War-era plutonium-production facility turned nuclear-waste cleanup project in Washington, discovered a giant hole in the ground. A tunnel had collapsed.

Because “tunnel collapse” and “nuclear waste” are two phrases you don’t want to see in the same sentence, the news quickly ricocheted around the national media. It’s too early to give a

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