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Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility

Aerial Image of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility circa 2021
Aerial photo of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility circa 2021
 
The Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) is a large, engineered landfill in the center of the Hanford Site for the disposal of low-level radioactive, hazardous and mixed wastes generated from Hanford cleanup activities. The ERDF consists of 10 large disposal cells over 107 acres with a waste capacity of 21 million tons.
 
Since operations began in 1996, more than 19 million tons of waste have been disposed of at the ERDF.
 
For more information, please see the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility Fact Sheet.
 
Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility containers are weighed and characterized to track waste contents.Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility containers are weighed and characterized to track waste contents.
 
Workers safely dispose of waste at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.Workers safely dispose of waste at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
 
Efficiency
The on-site landfill keeps Hanford waste on the Central Plateau of the Hanford Site and away from the Columbia River, major roads and the public. It also avoids costs associated with off-site transportation and disposal. The ERDF disposal costs are significantly below those of other disposal facilities, including municipal landfills.
Last Updated 02/12/2024 8:28 AM