Regarding the Herald's "On this day" feature for Aug. 21, which republished parts of an article from the same day in 1955:
"Natural filtering action through the desert soil saves millions of dollars which otherwise would be spent in storage of radioactive wastes at the Hanford Plant. The desert soil traps most of the radioactive wastes, partly by soaking it up and partly by uniting chemically with some of the ray emitting elements. The groundwater table lies more than 300 feet beneath the separation plants."
Perfect solution in 1955!
But this was how it all started, and now we have $2 billion annual budgets to clean it up.
GARY WOOLEY, Kennewick