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Two radioactive waste melters are complete at Hanford Vit Plant

Two radioactive waste melters are complete at Hanford Vit Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant is one step closer to cleaning up radioactive tank waste.

Hanford officials are celebrating the completion of two nuclear waste melters. They said the melters are an essential piece that will actually turn the nuclear waste into glass.

"These melters had to be huge and able to handle the chemicals in that waste,” said Alex Smith, Department of Ecology Nuclear Waste program manager. “And so, they're one of a kind, they're bigger than anything that's ever been built before. "

Smith said they've been working on the melters for about ten years, and they will be a key factor in protecting the Columbia River.

She said they're on track to get the facility up and running by June 2018.

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