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  • Richland Company Provides "Frit" for Melter Heatup

    A material resembling small glass beads will serve as a critical ingredient to heating up the first melter at the Vit Plant. 

  • Vit Plant Completes Startup Testing of Two Melters

    The Vit Plant team has completed startup testing of two melters and related support systems in the Low-Activity Waste Facility, moving a step closer to transforming, or vitrifying, radioactive and chemical waste from large underground storage tanks into a glass form safe for disposal.

  • Hanford Receives First Delivery of Glass Materials for Waste Vitrification

    Local contractor Two Rivers Terminal recently made its first delivery of materials that will be used to immobilize Hanford Site underground tank waste in glass for disposal to the Vit Plant.

  • Vit Plant Team Completes First LAW Facility Commissioning Test

    The Vit Plant team completed the first commissioning test for one of 37 remote-operated cranes inside the Low-Activity Waste Facility.

  • New Website Highlights Melter 'Heatup'

    Vit Plant team launches a new website that explains the commissioning process, including critical activities such as the loss of power test and melter heatup process.

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...