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December 2011

December 14, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford's Critical Mass Lab Demolished
One of the most hazardous facilities at Hanford was demolished by contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company following two years of safety preparations


December 13, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant completes concrete design for largest facility
The Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Project recently issued the final design detailing the structural concrete for the Pretreatment Facility. The final drawing represents the completion of the facility’s concrete floors and results from more than 15,000 pages of calculations and 500 other drawings. These calculations and drawings provide the details that enable crews to construct the massive concrete structure.


December 6, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Record Amount of Groundwater Treated at Hanford
Contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) announced it set a new record in November for treating the most contaminated groundwater in a month at the Hanford Site.


December 1, 2011
FACT SHEET: Hanford Cleanup Progress
Curious about how much cleanup has been done and how much remains? Check out this updated fact sheet on Hanford cleanup progress.


November 2011

November 23, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives and sets key air-filtration equipment for Low-Activity Waste Facility
Last week, the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant received and placed a key piece of air-filtration equipment in the Low- Activity Waste Facility. The nearly 100-ton carbon bed adsorber is part of a complex air-filtration system that will ensure the facility’s air emissions meet strict environmental regulations and requirements.


November 18, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Demolition Begins on Hanford's Historic Plutonium Vaults
DOE and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company began demolishing a vault complex that once held stores of plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.


November 17, 2011
Hanford Waste Treatment Plant completes fifth concrete wall elevation for largest facility
Last week, crews at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant finished installing the Pretreatment Facility’s fifth elevation of concrete walls. The fifth elevation reaches 96 feet at the top.


November 16, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: DOE Issues Request for Proposals for Hanford Site Occupational Medical Services
The solicitation is for a small-business contractor to perform occupational medical services for the Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection.


October 2011

October 27, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives decontamination vessels for High-Level Waste Facility
The Waste Treatment Plant received two decontamination vessels that are essential to safely removing glass-filled canisters from the High-Level Waste Facility. The titanium steel vessels weigh 4,200 pounds and measure 2.5 feet in diameter and 18 feet tall.


October 21, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford's Newest Groundwater Treatment System Up and Running
100-HX: With a water treatment capacity of 800 gallons per minute, the new system boosts the capacity for treating contaminated groundwater and removing chromium near the Columbia River by 40 percent.


October 7, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Federal and State Agencies Determine Cleanup Plans for Four Areas Near Central Hanford
The agencies have chosen to pursue a combination of alternatives for remediation (including 21 waste sites): retrieving, treating, and disposing of contaminated soil; extracting contamination through an air-handling system; and maintaining a soil barrier over some of the contaminated soil.


October 6, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives key equipment for High-Level Waste Facility air-filtration system
The Hanford Waste Treatment Plant recently received the first of 32 large nuclear quality dampers for the High-Level Waste Facility. The 1,350-pound dampers are part of the facility’s extensive filter system and will be essential to maintaining contamination boundaries during plant operations.


September 2011

September 15, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Third Video Chapter of Hanford Story Released
This chapter of The Hanford Story is dedicated to the thousands of workers who turned a $2 billion investment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds in 2009 into approx. $3.6 billion worth of work completed safely.


September 9, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Hanford Waste Treatment Plant receives and sets key bridge crane in High-Level Waste Facility
Crews at the Waste Treatment Plan recently received and set a bridge crane that is key to progressing construction of the High-Level Waste Facility.


September 9, 2011
1,200 To Attend DOE Safety Workshop
Integrated Safety Management (ISM) Workshop Features Nationally Renowned Speakers





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