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April 1, 2024
Event: (Ecology Led) Public Comment Period: Test Bed Initiative Demonstration RD&D Permit
Category: Ecology-led Event
Event Date: 04/01/2024

Public comment period

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is proposing a draft research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) permit for the 2,000-gallon Test Bed Initiative (TBI) Demonstration. The permittees are the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy) and Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC.

The draft permit is available for public review from March 11 through April 25, 2024.

Proposed permit

This draft RD&D permit would authorize the proposed 2,000-gallon TBI Demonstration to test the feasibility and efficacy of deploying an in-tank pretreatment system (ITPS) in Tank SY-101 in the 200 West Area of the Hanford Site. The system would separate and pretreat about 2,000 gallons of low-activity tank waste. The pretreated waste would then be shipped offsite for grouting and disposal at permitted facilities outside the state of Washington.

Public meeting

We are holding an informational meeting for this public comment period 5:30 p.m. PT on March 20, 2024. We will have presentations from Ecology and Energy, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will be held at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, Washington 99352.

To attend online via Zoom or listen via phone:

  • TBI Public Meeting (link will take you to the Zoom "join a meeting" webpage. Please use the meeting ID number located below)
    • Meeting ID: 838 5404 8034
    • Passcode: 105942
  • Audio only: 1-253-205-0468
Meeting Materials

How to comment

The draft RD&D permit is available for review online at the Nuclear Waste Program’s public comment page. Electronic copies of the proposed draft RD&D permit are also located at the Administrative Record and Information Repositories

Please submit comments by April 25, 2024. Electronically (preferred) or send to:

Daina McFadden
3100 Port of Benton Blvd
Richland WA 99354

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