An Overview of the Vitrification of Defense High-Level Waste at the Hanford Site

by R. A. Smith, Westinghouse Hanford Co, United States,
D. H. Nyman, Westinghouse Hanford Co, United States,
B. A. Wolfe, Westinghouse Hanford Co, United States,
R. D. Bromm, Westinghouse Hanford Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Nearly 63 percent of the nation's high-level nuclear waste has accumulated at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site in Washington State. This accumulation is due to defense materials production activities in the various processing facilities over the past 45 yr. The Hanford Waste Vitrification Plant (HWVP) is being developed to process the high-level waste fraction of the Hanford Site tank wastes into canisters of vitrified (borosilicate) glass. Storage of the filled canisters will be provided for eventual shipment to a federal geologic repository. The Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford), a prime operating contractor for the DOE, has the lead responsibility for the successful completion and operation of the HWVP. Fluor Daniel, Inc. is the architect engineer with responsibility for facility and equipment specification and design.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Heat treatment | Waste sites | Construction wastes | Federal government | Industrial wastes | Waste treatment plants | Materials processing | Washington | United States

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