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  • Molten Glass Fills Vit Plant Melter

    The Vit Plant team poured the first batches of glass-forming beads, called frit, into a melter heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, the beads melted and created the first molten pool inside the melter.

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Vit Plant Drills for Long-Term Success

    Vit Plant staff recently conducted a drill simulating the response to an abnormality in the plant’s power system. The drill was designed to ensure Vit Plant personnel are prepared to respond to events that could compromise the plant’s operability.

  • Swabbing Robot Testing Continues

    This video showcases our Vit Plant test engineers continuing to program swabbing patterns of a low-activity waste container in the Low-Activity Waste Facility finishing lines.

  • Melter Heatup Animation

    The melter heatup process marks the culmination of many years of challenging work. Learn about the melter heatup process in this animation.

  • Bechtel Names New Vit Plant Project Director

    Bechtel named Senior Vice President Brian Hartman as project director for the Hanford Vit Plant at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington state. 

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...