June 25, 2015

Hanford vapor protection slows work to empty tanks

Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear waste site are in need of better protection from chemical vapors, as opposed to the nearly 40-pound tanks and complicated exchange process used currently. According to the piece below, options for safer and more efficient equipment are in progress.

Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald

The gear that is protecting Hanford tank farm workers from chemical vapors also is significantly slowing work, according to documents filed in federal court.

A Department of Energy analysis found that the reduction in efficiency ranges from 30 percent to 70 percent, with an average reduction of 50 percent. Tasks that once took a month now take two months. ... more

Posted In: Health and Safety

Category Archive


Monthly Archive