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Hanford Landfill in Washington Reaches Disposal Milestone

Article-Hanford Landfill in Washington Reaches Disposal Milestone

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have disposed of 17 million tons of contaminated material at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) since the facility began operations in 1996. The disposal record is a measure of the tremendous amount of progress being made at the Hanford Site.

The majority of cleanup waste at ERDF comes from the 220-square-mile River Corridor, located along the banks of the Columbia River. The low-level waste consists mainly of soil contaminated by the effluent of Hanford’s nine plutonium production reactors, which operated from 1943-1987. In addition, ERDF also receives cleanup waste from other Hanford contractors.

“Reaching 17 million tons of material disposed at ERDF shows the excellent cleanup work being done at the Hanford Site,” says Mark French, Federal Project Director for DOE Richland Operations Office. 

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