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The Tri-Party Agreement: A Framework for Hanford Cleanup

The Tri-Party Agreement: A Framework for Hanford Cleanup

After plutonium production ended at Hanford there was a great deal of uncertainty about the path forward for the Site, including the plan for cleanup.  On May 15, 1989, the plan began to take shape when the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Grout & About: Tackling 2000 Gallons of Hanford Waste

Grout & About: Tackling 2000 Gallons of Hanford Waste

The Hanford site faces intricate challenges in disposing of the approximately 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical tank waste. The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) recognizes it as one of the most complex tasks within its...

Understanding Hanford: How Did We Get Here?

A farmer, seeking refuge from post-World War I turmoil in Germany, settles into a tranquil life on a serene riverfront farm. A government official approaches him with an eviction letter in hand. Meanwhile, a bustling town emerges from the shadows of the Great...

Winter 2023 / Qtr 4 Recap

Winter 2023 / Qtr 4 Recap

In this issue, we discuss new opportunities for a transition in cleanup, operational successes a long time coming, the loss of two Hanford pioneers, the temporary closure of the great B Reactor and note some of the year end milestones from along the way.  So, get cozy...

From Glow to Glass: The Journey of Hanford’s Radioactive Waste

From Glow to Glass: The Journey of Hanford’s Radioactive Waste

The signature radioactive blueish / green glow. We’ve all seen it in movies, and if you ever have the opportunity to see it in person, it’s eerily fascinating. But when tank waste is treated using a process called vitrification (turning waste into a glass like substance), does it still glow?

The Mythical Kingdom Beyond the Sagebrush

The Mythical Kingdom Beyond the Sagebrush

I was supposed to write a blog post about vitrification this week; but after writing it, scrapping it, and then re-writing it, several times over—I’ve decided that topic can wait. Vitrifying waste is cool and is an accomplishment worth discussing and celebrating—which is why that will be the next blog post. This week, I want to change course a little bit.

From Reactor to Recluse

From Reactor to Recluse

The River Corridor, a sprawling 220-square-mile expanse within the US Department of Energy’s  Hanford site just north of Richland, rivals the size of Chicago. Today, this majestic river continues to be a lifeline for thousands of residents in cities and towns downstream from Hanford, propelling modern energy, agriculture, transportation, recreation, and commerce.

Summer 2023 Hanford News Recap

Summer 2023 Hanford News Recap

Hanford Communities is pleased to share Hanford-related news and updates through the Summer 2023 Newsletter (July – September).

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