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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. The funds go to 13 projects led by six national laboratories.


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.


May 2023


May 02, 2023
State of Washington, Federal agencies announce conceptual agreement in Hanford Site Holistic Negotiations
The Tri-Party Agreement agencies announced today that negotiating teams have reached conceptual agreement in Holistic Negotiations on revising plans for managing millions of gallons of waste stored in tanks at the Hanford Site.


December 2022


December 20, 2022
Hanford Site Makes History; DOE-EM ‘2022 Year in Review’ Highlights Progress Nationwide
Today, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) announced its 2022 Year in Review, highlighted by the historic cleanup steps taken at the Hanford Site.


October 2022


October 27, 2022
HAMMER Federal Training Center Reaches 25-Year Milestone
The Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Center at the Hanford Site commemorates 25 years of accomplishments today at its facility in Richland.


October 26, 2022
Metamorphosis: 'Cocooning' Complete for Seventh Hanford Reactor Building
Just over a year after breaking ground, crews recently completed construction of a protective enclosure, or “cocoon,” around another former plutonium production reactor at the Hanford Site, leaving only one more to go.


August 2022


August 25, 2022
Ecology and Energy reach agreement to address Hanford’s leaking underground tanks
The Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Department of Energy have agreed on a plan for how to respond to two underground tanks that are leaking radioactive waste as well as any future tank leaks at the Hanford Site.


February 2022


February 28, 2022
Hanford Site to Host Free Virtual Career Fair on March 2
The U.S. Department of Energy along with Hanford Site contactors, Columbia Basin College, Washington State University Tri-Cities and WorkSource Columbia Basin, will host a One Hanford Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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