The Hanford vitrification plant recently received a specially designed trolley to be used to change out the High-Level Waste Facility melters.
The 100-ton melters are central to the vitrification process and are designed for a five-year lifespan then must be removed and replaced. The carbon steel trolley, also known as a "bogie," weighs 26 tons and measures 17-by-17-feet wide yet stands two feet tall.
The vitrification plant is being built to treat up to 56 million gallons of radioactive waste left from the past production of weapons plutonium at Hanford.
The trolley can hold 360 tons so it can hold the spent melter, any residual glass and the 250-ton protective steel container that houses the melter and is used for radiation shielding.
The trolley was manufactured by S.A. Technology in Loveland, Colo.