Hanford VIT Plant

Hanford Tours - Low Activity Nuclear Waste Facility

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Low-Activity Waste Facility
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Low-Activity Waste Facility

Concentrated low-activity waste will be transferred from the Pretreatment Facility to the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Vitrification Facility where it will be mixed with silica and other glass-forming materials. The mixture will be fed into the LAW’s two melters and heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten waste/glass mixture will be poured into stainless-steel containers, each four feet in diameter and seven feet tall. Each full container will weigh more than seven tons. The low-activity waste containers will be stored on the Hanford Site at the Integrated Disposal Facility.

The Facility will annually produce around 1,100 containers.

The LAW Facility is about one-and-a-half football fields wide, one football field long, and seven stories tall.

Low-Activity Waste Construction

  • Building Volume: 6,500,000 cubic feet
  • Craft Hours to Build: 2,454,000 hours
  • Building Size: 240 feet by 330 feet by 90 feet tall (building 21 feet below ground level)
  • Plant Output: Two melters producing 30 tons of glass daily

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Concentrated low-activity waste will be transferred from the Pretreatment Facility to the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Vitrification Facility where it will be mixed with silica and other glass-forming materials. The mixture will be fed into the LAW’s two melters and heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten waste/glass mixture will be poured into stainless-steel containers, each four feet in diameter and seven feet tall. Each full container will weigh more than seven tons. The low-activity waste containers will be stored on the Hanford Site at the Integrated Disposal Facility.

The Facility will annually produce around 1,100 containers.

The LAW Facility is about one-and-a-half football fields wide, one football field long, and seven stories tall.

LAW Facility

LAW Facility

LAW Facility

LAW Facility