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2014


WTP recertified as Energy Department Star Site for safety

Wed, April 30, 2014

Richland, Washington — The Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection (ORP) today recognized Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) for its outstanding safety programs at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant project by awarding BNI Voluntary Protection Program Star Status.

The Voluntary Protection Program recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health protection for contractors at Department of Energy sites. Today’s …

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Bechtel donates $15,000 to Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities MESA program

Fri, April 25, 2014

RICHLAND, Washington — A $15,000 gift from Bechtel National Inc. to the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program of Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities helped nearly 250 middle and high school students in Eastern Washington gain engineering experience at today’s MESA Day competition at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The donation allowed about 60 teams of students from the Pasco, Granger and Sunnyside school districts …

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Vit Plant Project to hold career fair

Thu, February 13, 2014

Richland, Wash. — The Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Project, also known as the Vit Plant, will hold a career fair to fill more than 200 new positions. The fair will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott in Richland.

The Vit Plant is seeking candidates for engineering, construction, project controls, procurement and other …

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2013


Substantial construction progress made at Vit Plant in 2013

Fri, December 20, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. — Completing the steam plant and placement of structural steel in the main portion of the High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility were just two of the major construction accomplishments this year at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, or Vit Plant, managed by Bechtel National Inc.

“I’m especially pleased to see the continued improvement in employees’ attention to safety, while …

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Marines accept thousands of toys and $34,000 for Toys for Tots at Vit Plant

Thu, December 12, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. — Employees at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, donated thousands of toys and nearly $34,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign at the construction site.

"This year, the Vit Plant is providing nearly a quarter of the toys that will be provided to area families," said Glen Carter, …

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Bechtel provides $20,000 to Helmets to Hardhats

Wed, November 20, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash.— The Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council will use a $20,000 gift from Bechtel National Inc. for the Helmets to Hardhats program, which identifies and recruits military personnel for civilian work in the construction trades.

“The Helmets to Hardhats program has an excellent track record in identifying and recruiting military service personnel for construction work,” said Joe …

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$15,000 Bechtel gift supports prosthetic arm competition

Thu, April 25, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. — Nearly 250 middle and high school students from southeastern Washington challenged each other to build a better prosthetic arm thanks to a $15,000 gift from Bechtel National Inc. to the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program of Yakima Valley/Tri-Cities.

"For more than twenty years, MESA has bridged the opportunity gap for underrepresented students to help them envision a …

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Bechtel National and WTP featured in ASSE Professional Safety journal

Thu, March 21, 2013

Bechtel National, Inc., and the Waste Treatment Plant will be featured in the April 2013 edition of Professional Safety Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers for its donation to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. BNI provided a $250,000 gift for the Delta High School capital campaign to help support design activities for the new school in the …

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Bechtel engineer named Tri-Cities Engineer of the Year

Tue, March 5, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. — March 5, 2013 — Bechtel engineer John Olson was named 2012 Tri-Cities Engineer of the Year as part of National Engineers' Week. Olson was recognized for his significant technical contributions to the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant and his active involvement in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at the local and national levels. He received the annual …

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Bechtel National gives $250,000 to build Delta High School

Wed, January 30, 2013

RICHLAND, Wash.–Bechtel National Inc. provided a $250,000 gift today to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation for the Delta High School capital campaign.

“STEM education in the Tri-Cities wouldn’t be possible without the community working together to make it happen,” said Tom Yount, president of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. “Bechtel’s gift is an example of this community partnership …

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2012


Vit Plant employees donate $20,000 to Toys for Tots

Thu, December 13, 2012

RICHLAND, Wash. — Employees at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, donated toys, 1,000 bicycles and nearly $20,000 in cash to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots campaign at the construction site this morning. Marines were present to accept the donation.

"The efforts of the Vit Plant employees are a huge part of …

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Vit Plant employees surpass 13 million hours without a day-away-from-work injury

Fri, October 5, 2012

Richland, Wash. — Employees of the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, have surpassed 13 million hours without a day away from work due to an injury, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"It has been more than two years since we've had a day-away-from-work accident," said Project Director Frank Russo. …

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Vit Plant receives first shipment of shield windows for radioactive facilities

Wed, October 3, 2012

Richland, Wash. — Workers at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, have received the first of 87 specially designed, leaded-glass shield windows for the Pretreatment, High-Level Waste Vitrification, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification facilities and the Analytical Laboratory.

The windows are designed to work as a barrier between the radioactive and nonradioactive areas of the facilities and …

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Bechtel’s Waste Treatment Plant Project receives VPP Superior Star Award

Wed, September 19, 2012

Hanford, Washington — Earlier this month, the Department of Energy awarded the Voluntary Protection Program's (VPP) "Superior" Star to Bechtel National, Inc.'s Waste Treatment Plant Project. This is the second year BNI has received this recognition. One of the ways in which DOE recognizes excellence in safety is through its VPP, which identifies contractors who meet the requirements for outstanding safety …

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Bechtel responds to DOE internal memo regarding safety of waste treatment plant design

Thu, August 30, 2012

RESTON, VA, August 29, 2012—  Bechtel today responded to a memo that questions the company’s ability to safely design the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), also known as the Vit Plant. The facility will treat 56 million gallons of radioactive waste currently stored in underground tanks in Washington state.

“Everyone who works on this project knows that at the …

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Vit Plant employees work 12 million hours without a day-away-from-work injury

Tue, July 24, 2012

RICHLAND, Wash. — Employees working on the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant — better known as the Vit Plant — have worked more than 12 million hours without a day away from work due to an injury. July 16 marked two years since the last injury involving a day away from work.

"Construction is one of the most dangerous industries. …

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Bechtel donates $100,000 to build Columbia Basin College Planetarium Facility (

Fri, June 29, 2012

Richland, Wash. — The proposed planetarium at Columbia Basin College should be open for students in October thanks to a $100,000 donation by Bechtel National Inc.

"Most of us can remember with wonder the first time we visited a planetarium," said Frank Russo, project director for the Hanford Waste Treatment plant, which is being built by Bechtel.

"This planetarium can help …

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Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives melter transport trolley for High-Level Waste Facility

Tue, May 29, 2012

RICHLAND, Wash. — Recently, the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the "Vit Plant," received a specially designed trolley that will be used to safely and efficiently 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, after which they must be removed and replaced.

The carbon …

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Hanford Waste Treatment Plant sets six-ton exhausters for air-filtration system

Mon, May 21, 2012

Richland, Wash. — Recently, the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the "Vit Plant," received and placed three nuclear-quality exhausters for its Low-Activity Waste Facility. The six-ton exhausters are key components in a complex air-filtration system that will ensure the facility's air emissions meet strict environmental regulations and requirements.

The Low-Activity Waste Facility air-filtration system includes compliance monitoring equipment, HEPA …

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Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives last massive shield door

Mon, May 14, 2012

Richland, Wash. — The last massive shield door has been delivered to the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the "Vit Plant." It weighs 102 tons and will be installed in the High-Level Waste Facility.

"Receipt of the last of the shield doors represents a significant milestone in progress on the project, and they are an integral part of the …

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