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The U.S. Department of Energy is on the verge of achieving a cleanup commitment that has been decades in the making: treating Hanford tank waste through the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) Program. The “direct-feed” portion refers to the waste being separated to remove the more radioactive portion so that the resulting low-activity (less radioactive) waste can be fed directly to the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Low-Activity Waste Facility for vitrification (immobilization in glass).
DFLAW is an assembly of highly interdependent projects and infrastructure improvements, managed as a program, that will operate together to vitrify and dispose of low-activity waste. Supporting DFLAW requires significant upgrades to Hanford Site infrastructure and coordination and integration among all Site contractors. DFLAW will be the most highly integrated operational program at Hanford.