Hanford underground tanks waste

Solving the Hanford Challenge

Hanford challenge

The waste in the underground tanks on the Hanford Site is extraordinarily complex. The material consist of solids, semi-solids, liquids, and gases. In addition to water-like liquids, the tanks contain saltcake, a material with the consistency of wet beach sand, and sludges. Also inside are wastes resembling peanut butter, small broken icebergs, foam, and whitish crystals. Each of these materials contain varying amounts of toxicity and radiation.

This extraordinary challenge requires an extraordinary solution. That’s where the Vit Plant comes in. This first-of-a-kind plant is designed to address the challenges presented by the tank waste. Visit Vitrification 101 for information on the process to solve the challenges.

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