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Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility

 

Aerial Photo of ERDF
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. ERDF is composed of 10 large disposal cells over 108 acres with a waste capacity of 21 million tons.

Since operations began in 1996, more than 18.5 million tons of waste has been disposed of at 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 onsite landfill keeps Hanford waste on the Central Plateau of the Hanford Site and away from the Columbia River, major roads, and the general public. It also avoids costs associated with offsite transportation and disposal. ERDF disposal costs are significantly below those of other disposal facilities, including municipal landfills.

Last Updated 12/07/2022 11:21 AM