Hanford vit plant report done, but not made public

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 20, 2013 

The Washington Department of Ecology has received a copy of the Department of Energy plan on the path forward for the Hanford vitrification plant.

However, it has asked for more details from the Department of Energy and is not ready to discuss the plan publicly until officials have a chance to review it further, said Ecology spokesman Dieter Bohrmann.

In September 2012, then Energy Secretary Steven Chu spent several days at Hanford with a hand-picked group of experts to review issues related to the plant's black cells, which are areas that will be so highly radioactive that workers are not planned to enter them for maintenance or repairs.

That brainstorming session led Chu to create a series of teams to look at different technical issues at the $12.2 billion plant to ensure it will operate safely and efficiently. Those working on the technical issues were required to sign nondisclosure forms.

For a year almost no information has been released about the vitrification plant's technical issues, but DOE has said the plan should be finished in late summer 2013.

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service