The second 125-ton melter assembly for the Hanford vitrification plant began its trip from Utah to Hanford on Monday.
The melter assembly is carried on a 190-foot heavy-haul transporter with tractors front and back that takes up two lanes.
When the first of the two melter assemblies for the vit plant's Low Activity Waste Facility was shipped the first week of the month, drivers drove along the sides of roads when possible so traffic could pass.
The first melter assembly took five days to reach Hanford, traveling through Idaho and Oregon. It likely would have arrived a day sooner, but the transporter had a flat tire west of Pendleton.
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The melter, manufactured in Ogden, Utah, will be used to turn radioactive waste into a stable glass form for disposal.
To follow the progress of the melter, go to hanfordvitplant.com/lawmelterblog.