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  • Hanford Tank Waste Mission Advances with Melter 2 Heatup

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced the safe and successful heat up of the Vit Plant's second melter. This achievement marks a significant milestone in the Department’s ongoing effort to address chemical and radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford Site. 

  • Vit Plant Polar Plunge Team Raises $30,000

    Thank you to our 2024 Vit Plant 4 Val Polar Plunge team for jumping into the Columbia River after raising more than $30,000 for Special Olympics! Thank you to all those who donated in honor of our former Project Director, Val McCain, who we lost last year and who was a Special Olympics champion.

  • First Test Glass Container Lidding

    Watch as the Hanford Vit Plant team transferred the first container filled with molten test glass from the Low-Activity Waste Facility's finishing line to be lidded.

  • First Test Glass Container at Vit Plant

    The Vit Plant team hosted a media event to celebrate the first container filled with test glass poured from Melter 1!  Attendees signed their names on the container and celebrated the indelible mark they have left on Hanford history.

  • First Pour of Melter Test Glass

    Vit Plant crews made the first pour of melted test glass into a container – a huge step toward treating radioactive tank waste at Hanford. This video shows the melter pour stream camera showing the first molten stream pouring into a container.

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.

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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...