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July 2024


July 09, 2024
Hanford Draining Last Reactor Fuel Storage Basin
The U.S. Department of Energy is draining the last large concrete basin at the Hanford Site that stored reactor fuel rods during the World War II and Cold War era plutonium production mission.


July 02, 2024
Workers at Hanford Site Remove Radioactive Waste from 21st Large Underground Tank
Workers have finished removing radioactive waste from the 21st large underground storage tank as part of the massive cleanup of the site in southeast Washington state.


April 2024


April 29, 2024
State of Washington, federal agencies agree on future of tank waste cleanup at Hanford Site
The Tri-Party Agreement agencies announced a landmark agreement that proposes a realistic and achievable course for cleaning up millions of gallons of radioactive and chemical waste from large, underground tanks at the Hanford Site.


March 2024


March 26, 2024
Hanford Tank Waste Mission Advances with Heat up of Second Melter
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the safe and successful heat up of the second of the two world's largest melters at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at the Hanford Site in Washington state.


March 08, 2024
EM Awards $27 Million to Six National Labs to Help Expedite Hanford Tank Waste Cleanup
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) awarded $27.3 million for research and development to accelerate the Hanford Site’s tank waste cleanup mission.


January 2024


January 02, 2024
Hanford Looks Back on Year of Historic Achievements
The Department of Energy and its contractor partners made history and achieved several “firsts” while progressing the cleanup the Hanford Site in 2023.


December 2023


December 04, 2023
First Test Glass Poured at Hanford Waste Treatment Plant
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant has produced the first container of clean glass as workers commission the first of two large melters in the plant’s Low-Activity Waste Facility.


November 2023


November 20, 2023
Hanford Site Agencies to Hold Cleanup Dialogue Meeting in Kennewick Dec. 5
The public is invited to ask questions and learn about Hanford Site cleanup during an in-person Hanford Dialogue meeting in Kennewick on Tuesday, Dec. 5.


August 2023


August 17, 2023
Hanford Demolition Paves Way for Cleanup Progress Near Columbia River
A Hanford Site building that was critical to transferring radioactive sludge away from the Columbia River is coming down. Demolition of the K West Reactor Annex is another key step toward completing cleanup at the former plutonium production reactor.


August 08, 2023
Molten Glass Fills Vit Plant Melter
The Vit Plant team last week poured the first batches of glass-forming beads, called frit, into a melter heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit.


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