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The U.S. Department of Energy and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are preparing the Integrated Disposal Facility at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State to receive vitrified low-activity tank waste and mixed low-level waste from Hanford Site operations.

 

Background

The Integrated Disposal Facility (IDF) is an engineered disposal site at the center of the Hanford Site. It is designed to receive immobilized low-activity waste (ILAW) from the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant and other low-level waste from Hanford Site operations.

Approximately 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste are stored in 177 underground tanks at the Hanford Site. By the end of 2023, low-activity waste from the tanks will be transferred directly to the Low-Activity Waste Facility at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant for treatment. Through vitrification, the waste will be blended with glass-forming materials, heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into stainless steel containers to cool and solidify. In this glass form, the ILAW is stable.

IDF will provide permanent, environmentally safe disposition for the ILAW containers and mixed low-level waste streams from Hanford operations. Similar in design to Hanford’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, IDF is engineered to protect the groundwater.

Leachate from precipitation and dust suppression will be monitored, collected, and treated as necessary. IDF’s two disposal cells can be expanded to accommodate additional capacity.

A permit modification is required from Washington State to allow IDF to treat, store, and dispose of waste. The modification is expected to be issued in early 2021.

 

Current Work

  • Construction of a waste storage area for receipt and thermal cooling of ILAW containers before disposal
  • Construction of a waste treatment pad to provide onsite treatment capability
  • Modification of leachate piping to optimize operations

 

 

 

 

 

Design and Construction

IDF is nearly 1,500 feet wide, 765 feet long, and 45 feet deep, with a capacity of nearly 1.2 million cubic yards.

The depth will accommodate four layers of waste containers separated vertically by 2 feet of soil.

Workers completed Phase 1 of construction (Cells 1 and 2) in April 2006 at a cost of $25 million.

 

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Vitrified low-activity waste containers are 4 feet in diameter, 7 feet tall, and weigh more than 7 tons. 

Last Updated 04/06/2020 10:57 AM