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Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste

Graphic of the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Process
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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.
Last Updated 05/13/2024 12:34 PM