Hanford receives a helping hand

RICHLAND, WA - Hanford is getting a helping hand to treat radioactive waste. A private company called Kurion unveiled a new system today.

It's called the modular vitrification system. It's the same technology that helped control the diabled nuclear reactors from the Japanese tragedy two years ago.

Modular vitrification allows for less pretreatment and turns tank waste into glass. Officials say the 20 million dollar project is not to rival Hanford, but to partner with them.

"We believe this brings another tool to their toolbox to make their job easier and more straight forward," said Kurion executive Dave Brockman.

The modular vitrification system should be up and running by the end of the year.