Hanford Hoping to Reduce Active Footprint by 2015
Last year, the Richland Washington Hanford facility began an ambitious vision to reduce the active footprint of cleanup at the site by 2015. To protect the Columbia River and reduce the overall life-cycle cost. This vision could not be possible without $1.6 billion in stimulus money thanks to the Recovery Act. There are many projects beginning out at Hanford so that they are able to meet the 2015 deadline.
At the beginning of the year the construction of two new cells, 9 and 10, began. These two cells will be the size of 35 football fields; they will go down into the ground about 70 feet. By having more disposal capacity Hanford will be able to dispose of more waste.
The skyline will soon have a different view for boaters and visitors on Hanford Tours. Work is being done now to clean out Hanford’s 300 area and demolish some of the more hazardous building. In late spring the 337B building and two adjacent stocks will be demolished. This month the Department of Energy will be awarding $1.5 million to a contractor to take care of one of Hanford’s most hazardous burial grounds. This month the River Corridor contractor will award $30 million subcontractor to deal with pipe laying and waste plumes.
The ground water program is continuing to treat even more water than before. Hanford will be building a ground water facility that will purify nearly 38 million gallons of water a month. Ground water purification helps deal with the chromium contamination near the Columbia River.
With all the work going on at Hanford the primary concern is the safety of everyone involved. There are a number of programs and safeguards put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
by Colleen Lane
The Lane Real Estate Team
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