The public can learn at a Richland meeting about plans to build and operate a new facility at Hanford to allow part of the vitrification plant to start treating radioactive waste as soon as 2022.
The Department of Energy and the state Department of Ecology will hold the meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. Questions will be answered, but no formal comments will be recorded until a later meeting.
The proposed Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System, LAWPS, would be built in the 200 East Area of central Hanford near the vitrification plant campus.
It would remove suspended solids and cesium from liquid waste held in underground tanks to allow the waste to be sent directly to the vitrification plant’s Low Activity Waste Facility, where it will be turned into a stable glass form for disposal.
The proposed pretreatment system just for low-activity waste could allow some waste to be treated as early as 2022.
Because of technical issues, the entire vitrification plant, including its Pretreatment Facility and High Level Waste Facility, may not be fully operating until 2036.