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  • Melter Heatup Initiated

    The journey to melter heatup continues with the Vit Plant team bringing Melter 1 online. The melter heatup process marks the culmination of many years of challenging work - thank you to all past and present Vit Plant team members for making it happen! Learn about the melter heatup process in this animation.

  • Vit Plant Team Builds Melter Operations Muscle

    Operations and commissioning team members from the Vit Plant enhanced their knowledge of melters during a recent visit to the Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

  • Vit Plant Prepares for Melter Heatup, Begins Installing Startup Heaters

    The weather isn’t the only thing heating up at the Hanford Site this summer, as staff at the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility at the Vit Plant are preparing to install 18 temporary heaters to start up the first of the facility’s two 300-ton glass melters.

  • Vit Plant Achieves First Test Transfer to Tank Waste Facility

    Hanford Site crews recently completed the first transfer of test water from the Vit Plant’s Effluent Management Facility (EMF) to the nearby Liquid Effluent Retention Facility (LERF).

  • Low-Activity Waste Facility Container Movement Testing

    Check out this video of our LAW Facility team performing testing for melter transfer tunnel equipment.

The Vit Plant

The Solution to Treating Hanford's Nuclear WasteLearn More
The Hanford Vit Plant is a first-of-a-kind project of immense scale and complexity. It will eliminate the environmental threat posed by 56 million gallons of nuclear waste currently stored at the Hanford Site in Washington state.

Virtual Tour

Tour the Hanford Vit Plant, VirtuallyGo to the Virtual Tour
We invite you to virtually tour the facilities being built at the Vit Plant. Take a peek into the nuclear facilities and support structures on the 65-acre site.

Direct Feed LAW

The Sequenced Approach to Treating Hanford's WasteLearn More
The Department of Energy developed a sequenced approach that would treat low-activity waste first. This approach, called direct feed low-activity waste, will begin treating waste as soon as practical to protect the Columbia River and the public.

Our Employees

Sarah, Systems Engineering ManagerRead more
Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including eight years working as a nuclear reactor operator. She worked at both a Department of Energy test reactor and an operating nuclear power plant.

Featured Video

Hanford Vit Plant Overview
Take a tour inside the massive, first-of-a-kind Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the Vit Plant, under construction at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. The...