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Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility

The Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF) provides safe and compliant underwater storage for 1,936 highly radioactive capsules containing the elements cesium and strontium.

In the 1970s, radioactive isotopes of the chemical elements cesium and strontium were removed from waste tanks at Hanford to reduce the temperature of the waste inside the tanks. Both elements were ultimately placed in sturdy, stainless steel containers at WESF for safe storage and monitoring.


For more information see this WESF Fact Sheet.










Last Updated 02/19/2019 4:24 PM