October 23, 2009
Bechtel National’s Waste Treatment and Vitrification Plant (WTP) project at Hanford, Washington, recently surpassed its 50-percent-complete milestone.
WTP Celebrates 50 Percent Completion
“Over the years, nearly 10,000 people have touched this historic project,” WTP Project Director Ted Feigenbaum said. “Each of these people, whether a skilled craft, engineer or other professional, has contributed to the project meeting this milestone.” A celebration for WTP employees is planned for November.
When completed, WTP will use the vitrification process to treat 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical wastes dated from World War II, now stored in underground tanks at the Hanford site. It is presently one of U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) most critical environmental cleanup projects.
Since construction began in 2001, workers at WTP have installed nearly 200,000 cubic yards of concrete, 14,000 tons of steel and 340,000 feet of piping. Currently, engineering is more than 75 percent compete, and the project has purchased 50 percent of its equipment and materials. The 65-acre site will house four nuclear facilities, as well as many utilities, office buildings and other support systems.
Earlier this year, the WTP construction site was awarded Merit status by DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for its highly effective safety and health program. The Merit status is VPP’s second highest level of recognition.
For more about the milestone and to view photo galleries of the WTP project, read the Tri-City Herald article.
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