Hanford Prepares to Ship Test Glass Offsite
A specially designed truck and trailer will transport containers of non-radioactive test glass from the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant to an offsite facility for disposal during a yearlong testing and cold commissioning process.
The Department of Energy is testing technologies and processes needed to help immobilize Hanford Site tank waste in glass through a process called vitrification.
In August, workers at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant began adding the first batches of glass beads, called frit, into a melter heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit in the plant’s Low-Activity Waste Facility. The molten glass will be poured into stainless steel containers. Once cooled, the containers will be loaded into a holder, called a pallet, for transportation.
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