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  • Bechtel pledges $100,000 to Tri-Cities for COVID-19 response

    The Bechtel Group Foundation will donate $100,000 to the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties for its COVID-19 Response Fund.

  • Pipefitter has seen, done it all at Vit Plant jobsite

    Bernie Hecker was the first pipefitter journeyman to join the Vit Plant in December 2001, and he is now the longest continuously employed craft employee on the project.

  • Operators make 'first contact' from control room

    Startup operators in the Low-Activity Waste Facility remotely connected to a crane and operated it from the control room for the first time since opening the facility’s annex last summer.

  • Bechtel awards $37.8M in contracts for containers, spare melter

    Bechtel National, Inc., has awarded contracts valued at nearly $37.8 million to Petersen, Inc., to supply engineered stainless-steel containers and a spare melter for the Vit Plant. These containers will hold the first-ever vitrified waste from Hanford for safe, long-term storage.

  • Laboratory Commissioning Advances With First Test Package

    The first commissioning test package was recently approved for the Analytical Laboratory, marking a significant step in the ongoing project transition from startup to commissioning.

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.

My Mission

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...