Washington state nuke site workers ordered to stay inside

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials have ordered some workers at a sprawling Washington state nuclear waste site to go inside and stay there because steam has emerged from a tunnel filled with waste that was being filled with cement.

The U.S. Department of Energy says in a statement Friday that there is no indication that the steam seen at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation contains radiation or any other hazardous material and that the workers were ordered inside as a precaution.

The site near the Columbia River in eastern Washington state produced plutonium for use in nuclear weapons for decades.

The steam came out of a tunnel that stores nuclear waste in railroad cars left over from the Cold War.

A tunnel is in danger of collapsing and cement is being used to stabilize it.

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