Bechtel National has finished assembling the vitrification plant’s first radioactive waste melter, a key construction milestone to allow some Hanford nuclear reservation waste to be treated as soon as 2022.
Future accidental radiation releases at Hanford are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site said.
Destry Henderson, deputy news manager at the media center in the Federal Building in Richland, gives an update on the collapsed Hanford waste tunnel. A mixture of sand and soil is being slowly added to the breach.
Work begins to stabilize Hanford radioactive waste tunnel collapse