Three Hanford contractors and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory took home awards Friday evening from the Eastern Washington Chapter Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Managers.
It held its annual awards ceremony in Pasco.
• CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. received the Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management Award for demolishing an empty construction yard in the 200 West Area in central Hanford.
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The yard included 19 wooden buildings and mobile structures, plus nine storage containers, three lay-down yards and eight storage pads. Structures dated to as early as the 1940s. CH2M Hill’s demolition team identified the hazards of the job and removed contaminants before demolishing structures to ground level.
The project reduced the footprint of Hanford requiring cleanup.
• Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International worked with other contractors to adopt radiofrequency identification technology for the Hanford 222-S Laboratory.
The project received the Hazardous Materials Identification and Control Research Award. Other companies that worked on the project included Mission Support Alliance, Lockheed Martin Services and Washington River Protection Solutions.
The radiofrequency technology replaced a bar code inventory system to manage more than 5,000 chemical containers. The technology was designed to work with the existing Chemical Inventory Tracking System database and required benchmarking with organizations throughout the Department of Energy complex of sites and facilities.
Accuracy was enhanced with the use of tubing to overcome interferences with metal containers and containers containing liquid. Electromagnetic fields that interfered with signals also were identified.
Use of the new system helped eliminate obsolete chemical and gas containers and reduce stock, including potentially dangerous chemicals. The time required to inventory stock has been reduced and the system also has provided ergonomic benefits.
• Washington River Protection Solutions received the DOE Office of River Protection Manager’s Award for Exemplary Service.
It developed a new technology to drill and extract high level radioactive waste from Hanford’s underground waste tanks at multiple depths in the tanks.
A platform is used to position a drill string, an X-ray machine to verify retrieval of samples and a rack of shielded casks to receive and contain the samples.
The technology is intended to provide more representative samples of waste in tanks as data is collected for waste that is fed to the Hanford evaporator and that will be fed to the vitrification plant. The data also is used for monitoring the condition and corrosiveness of the waste.
• Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received the Environmental Management System Award for establishing and maintaining a sustainable campus.
The national lab in Richland has intensively analyzed the use of water and power and hazardous materials.
Plastics, food wastes, papers, chemicals and landscaping wastes are recycled. Lighting has been installed in numerous buildings that complies with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program standards to reduce power consumption up to 30 percent.
The lab also has teamed with Ben Franklin Transit to put the first all-electric transit bus in the United States into service, according to award information.
• The Hazardous Materials Manager of the Year Award went to Peggy Williamson of Fulcrum Environmental Consulting for a Spokane project.
Williamson engineered and supervised the cleanup of the Custer Commercial Center, a 25-acre rail yard.
The site had 160,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with multiple hazardous materials, including petroleum and metals. Asbestos, lead and electrical waste also were removed and a post-cleanup monitoring plan was developed.