As the Vit Plant team moves closer to starting up the first of two melters inside the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility, Bechtel National, Inc. today launches a new website that explains the commissioning process, including critical activities such as the loss of power test and melter heatup process.
"We want our key stakeholders and local community to understand the steps being taken to ensure a safe, quality, and effective heatup of the first melter," said Mat Irwin, Department of Energy Office of River Protection deputy assistant manager for the plant. "We are approaching a 24/7 operational situation at a pace not seen at the Hanford Site in many years. We're excited to deliver on this commitment to our community."
The two 300-ton waste melters inside the LAW Facility will heat Hanford's low-activity tank waste and glass-forming materials to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit and transform, or vitrify, it for safe disposal. Vitrify means immobilizing the waste and materials within a glass form. The loss of power test will demonstrate the team is able to protect the melter by putting the LAW Facility into safe condition and restoring power before any damage to the melter occurs.
The Journey to Melter Heatup website includes information such as:
Melter heatup will culminate 2021's progress toward starting Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) treatment by the end of 2023. DFLAW is a system of interdependent projects and infrastructure improvements, managed and highly integrated as a program, that must operate together to vitrify low-activity waste.
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