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Treating radioactive waste at Hanford

Ecotrope | Oct. 22, 2010 2:18 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:45 p.m.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has gotten quite tech-savvy in detailing the massive cleanup project at the Hanford site in southeast Washington. Here’s a tour of the massive, one-of-a-kind Waste Treatment Plant under construction.

Once in operation, the 65-acre plant will process millions of gallons of nuclear waste left over from World War II and Cold War-era defense programs. The video explains each of theĀ  facilities that will prepare the waste for permanent and safe storage, including the vitrification plant, which turns the waste into glass for permanent storage.

I visited the Hanford site earlier this year and also wrote about the Hanford whistleblower who is suing the contractor on the vitrification plant over design plans. As of this week, whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis has not seen federal investigators act on his complaint about safety culture among the project developers.

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