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Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy
Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy

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A 3,300-square foot laboratory at Columbia Basin College in Pasco will prepare the Analytical Laboratory’s future staff for work at the real thing. #Hanford Vit Plant chemists and laboratory specialists can train with the same equipment that will be eventually transferred to the Analytical Laboratory. The lab will start developing the processes that will be used to support low-activity waste vitrification by a court-ordered milestone of 2023.
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URGENT NEED for Facility Commissioning Technicians at the #Hanford Vit Plant! Do you have experience in hands-on operation of plant equipment and systems in the field and in facility control rooms? AECOM is looking to fill 18 – yes, 18! – positions at the jobsite in Richland, Washington. Great opportunities for Navy and nuclear technology graduates. Please share!

https://aecom.jobs/richland-wa/facility-commissioning-technician/D624C1EE6E334B00AE08D27AA9CB5197/job/
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Check out the Tri-City Herald's coverage of progress at the #Hanford Vit Plant taking another important step!

Approval of the Analytical Laboratory operating permit marks the first major Vit Plant facility to complete all phases of the state’s mandated permit life cycle – from initial design, through groundbreaking and construction, and now to an approved operating permit issued.
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Progress towards hot commissioning of the Low-Activity Waste Facility takes a significant step forward as the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of River Protection approves a key safety document at the #Hanford Vit Plant.

The critical safety deliverable, known as a Documented Safety Analysis (DSA), identifies the potential hazards associated with treating low-activity tank waste and the controls contractor Bechtel National, Inc. will use to address those hazards in order to protect workers, the public, and the environment. The DSA is a federal requirement that sets rules for safety controls at Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear facilities.
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More than 40 tons of structural steel were safely unloaded for a tower that arrived at the #Hanford Vit Plant. The tower will house evaporator equipment that supports the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plans to begin treating tank waste through its Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) vitrification approach.

Once fully erected the tower will stand 45-feet tall, 20-feet wide, and 20-feet long. The tower will serve as structural support for evaporator equipment that will be installed inside an effluent management facility (EMF).

“The arrival of the evaporator tower steel is yet another sign of progress for EMF, which is critical to achieving the start of DFLAW,” said Jason Young, Office of River Protection BOF federal project director.
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The Vit Plant passed a major landmark last month toward completion when the first building was transferred to plant management for commissioning, the last step before beginning vitrification of #Hanford tank waste.

While dozens of systems have been turned over from construction to startup across the project, the handover of the Non-Radioactive Liquid Waste Disposal System (NLD) marks the first transfer of an entire building for commissioning.
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The new issue of the Vit Bits newsletter features thoughts from the Project Director on the path to startup, progress stories on direct feed low-activity waste, and photos from our community stewardship activities. Check out the April edition at https://www.hanfordvitplant.com/newsletters/2018-04, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to have the latest news and information from the #Hanford Vit Plant delivered straight to your inbox!
Vit Bits - April 2018
Vit Bits - April 2018
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Bechtel National Inc. has donated $12,000 as a sustaining partner for the 2017-18 academic year to the Second Harvest Bite2Go program, which provides food supplies to children in need over the weekend during the school year. Bite2Go kits help ensure school-age kids have nourishment over the weekend and, as a result, are better prepared to learn during the week.

+Bechtel Corporation employees have been active in supporting Second Harvest, through sort nights and mobile food banks over the past several years. More than 25 Bechtel employees at the #Hanford Vit Plant, will participate in a Bite2Go Build, in which volunteers put together the kits, on Friday, March 23.
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The #Hanford Vit Plant was featured on the front cover of Nuclear Engineering International magazine! The cover story explains how the focus is shifting to startup and commissioning at the first phase of the world’s most complex radioactive waste treatment plant.
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Once completed and operational, the Balance of Facilities at the #Hanford Vit Plant will include a compressed air system that could fill the Goodyear Blimp in three minutes https://www.hanfordvitplant.com/balance-facilities

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