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The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of River Protection is tasked with retrieving and treating 56 million gallons of radioactive and c...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of River Protection is tasked with retrieving and treating 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste currently stored on the Hanford Site just outside of Richland, Washington. The waste is a byproduct of years of plutonium production for our nation's defense programs. 

Currently, the waste is stored in 177 underground tanks (http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/TankFarms) until it can be treated by the Waste Treatment Plant (also known as the "Vit Plant" http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/WTP), which is currently being constructed. Once operational, waste will feed into the plant where it will be blended with glass-forming materials and poured into stainless steel canisters to cool and solidify. The result is a stable glass form which is impervious to the environment.

Find more at www.hanford.gov.
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