RICHLAND, Wash. —The Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and contractor Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) today announced employees have safely completed final assembly of the first melter at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), also known as the Vit Plant. The 300-ton nuclear waste melter is one of two located inside the WTP’s Low-Activity Waste (LAW) facility. “The melters are the heart of the WTP low-activity waste vitrification process, and completing the...
Uploaded June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) and contractor Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) have completed significant work at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s (WTP) Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility in FY 2016 and are now preparing the LAW Facility site for the final stages of construction. Employees at the WTP, also known as the “Hanford Vit Plant,” completed fabrication work on two 300-ton melters that will be the heart of the vitrification process in the...
Uploaded February 17, 2017
RICHLAND, Wash.—The U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection (ORP) and Bechtel National Inc., the contractor responsible for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), kicked off the final stage of testing intended to resolve one of the remaining technical issues at the WTP Project. WTP personnel have begun the final phase of full-scale testing of control equipment and systems designed to safely mix radioactive waste in vessels at the WTP Pretreatment Facility. The...
Uploaded January 19, 2017
Vit Plant employees, together with Bechtel and AECOM, donated thousands of toys and nearly $29,000 to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign. This is the tenth year that the Vit Plant, formally known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, has participated in the campaign. For more information, visit Follow us on social media at:https://www....
Uploaded December 9, 2016
Bechtel National, Inc. received the last major piece of equipment for the Low-Activity Waste Vitrification Facility at the Hanford Vit Plant. “Receipt of the caustic scrubber is a major turning point in construction of the LAW Facility. It sets the stage for completing construction of the LAW Facility in 2018,” said Kim Irwin, BNI’s area project manager for the LAW Facility at the Vit Plant, also known as the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The LAW Facility is where low-...
Uploaded November 17, 2016
Bechtel volunteers from the Hanford Vit Plant used pulse jet mixer technology to promote careers in STEM fields to Delta High School freshmen as part of STEM Nuclear Technology Day at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
Uploaded November 15, 2016
The Hanford Vit Plant joined the country in celebrating Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who have served and still serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Employees at the construction site and Richland offices gathered beneath the flag at lunch for a short ceremony and the singing of the national anthem. More than 300 veterans are employed at the Vit Plant. Many are featured in their military uniforms in this video montage.
Uploaded November 11, 2016
The Vit Plant made a significant achievement when employees successfully energized Switchgear Building 87, the primary electrical switchgear building, with permanent electrical power. This marks a key transition from temporary to permanent utilities to service facilities for the Direct Feed LAW configuration. Subscribe for more videos! Follow us on social media at:
Uploaded September 22, 2016
Project Director Peggy McCullough presents to the Columbia Center Rotary on the important mission of the Department of Energy and Bechtel National, Inc. to remove the threat of radioactive waste at the Hanford Site.
Uploaded August 11, 2016
Watch the complete journey as a 65-ton vessel critical to determining the safe mixing and processing of radioactive waste at the Hanford Vit Plant was barged up the Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington. Greenberry Industrial fabricated the vessel at its manufacturing facilities in Vancouver and Corvallis, Oregon. For more information, visit
Uploaded August 5, 2016
As originally envisioned, the Hanford Vit Plant would treat high-level and low-activity radioactive waste simultaneously. To begin treating waste as soon as practicable, the U.S. Department of Energy developed a sequenced approach that would treat low-activity waste first, as soon as 2022. The sequenced approach is called Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste, or DFLAW. This approach sends low-activity waste from the tank farms directly to the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Vitrification Facility. To...
Uploaded August 3, 2016
Employees have made progress at the High-Level Waste Facility at the Hanford Vit Plant.
Uploaded July 28, 2016
Watch recent progress at the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility at the Hanford Vit Plant! In the LAW Facility, concentrated low-activity waste 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 300-ton melters are approximately 20 feet by 30 feet and 16 feet high. The glass mixture will then be poured in to stainless steel containers, which are 4 feet in diameter, 7 feet tall and weigh more...
Uploaded July 22, 2016
In July, a 65-ton stainless steel full-scale test vessel was barged up the Columbia River. The vessel left Vancouver, Washington, on July 11 and arrived in Richland, Washington on July 13. The vessel is to be installed in the Full-Scale Vessel Test Facility in north Richland. The full-scale vessel will replace the half-scale vessel that was removed from the test facility after a successful testing campaign was completed in 2015. Vit Plant employees will perform testing on the full-size...
Uploaded July 13, 2016
Music: “Out with the old and in with the new” is appropriate for removal of a 30-ton stainless steel vessel from the Full-Scale Vessel Test Facility, making way for a new vessel that will fulfill a critical role in verifying design and performance of the Pretreatment (PT) Facility at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also known as the Vit Plant. The old vessel, standing 18 feet tall...
Uploaded May 17, 2016