Hanford Nuclear Power Site|
A Superfund Program is the federal government’s program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. (U.S Environmental Protection Agency, 2010) Here are a select few sites that I picked that are in Washington: RICHLAND HANFORD 100-AREA (USDOE) 100 AREA WA3890090076 100 Area is where the nine former plutonium production reactors are found. These reactors were built from 1943 through 1965. These reactors were built along the banks of the Columbia River because of the abundance of hydro electric power and cooling water needed by the reactors during its operation.
RICHLAND HANFORD 300-AREA (USDOE) 300 AREA WA2890090077 300 Area is the home of the fuel manufacturing operations at the Site and also the experimental and laboratory facilities. At one time, six small nuclear reactors were located in the 300 Area. This area is only a few miles away from the city of Richland.
The clean up for Hanford is a very expansive project. The Hanford Waste Treatment Plant, which covers about 65 acres, is one of the largest environmental cleanup construction projects in the world. (Department of Energy , 2010) “During cleanup operations, where the waste will end up after it is removed from the ground is based upon the kind of waste it is. A majority of the solid wastes, contaminated soil, and building debris will be taken to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility located on the Hanford Site. This facility, known as ERDF, is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and is basically a huge landfill. ERDF accepts waste in disposal areas called “cells”. Cells are built two at a time, with each pair of cells measuring 70-feet deep, and 500-feet by 1000-feet at the base. 2.8 million tons of waste can be...