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Richland Operations Status Report Robert B. Elkins. ASP-DOECAP 2010 Workshop September 2010 Seattle, Washington. History of the Hanford Site. Site established in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project to produce plutonium

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richland operations status report robert b elkins

Richland Operations Status ReportRobert B. Elkins

ASP-DOECAP 2010 Workshop

September 2010

Seattle, Washington

history of the hanford site
History of the Hanford Site
  • Site established in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project to produce plutonium
    • Nine reactors and five chemical separations facilities built and operated
  • Defense mission ended in the late 1980s
  • Environmental cleanup mission subsequently established through the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement - TPA)
    • Department of Energy
    • Environmental Protection Agency Region X
    • Washington State Department of Ecology
current mission hanford organization
Current Mission: Hanford Organization

DOE - Richland Operations Office

Mission Support Contract (Mission Support Alliance, LLC)

Plateau Remediation Contract (CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company)

River Corridor Closure Contract (Washington Closure Hanford)

DOE - Office of River Protection

Tank Farms Contract (Washington River Protection Solutions)

Waste Treatment Plant (Bechtel National, Inc.)

DOE - Pacific Northwest Site Office

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Battelle)

current mission shrinking the footprint
Current Mission: Shrinking the Footprint
  • Footprint reduction of 45-60% by 2011 (Total reduction of 80-90% by 2015 leaving only the Central Plateau Inner Zone)
  • Work in four areas:
    • River Corridor (~210 sq. miles)
    • Central Plateau, Outer Zone(~65 sq. miles)
    • Central Plateau, Inner Zone(~10 sq. miles)
    • Hanford Reach National Monument (~300 sq. miles, including Arid Lands Ecology Reserve)
current activities
Current Activities
  • Central Plateau Cleanup
    • Solid Waste (LLW, MLLW, TRU, RH and CH)
    • Liquid Effluents
    • CERCLA waste sites (burial grounds, cribs)
    • Decommissioning and demolition of facilities
  • River Corridor Cleanup
    • Waste Site Remediation
    • Reactor decommissioning and entombing
  • Groundwater Program
    • Protecting the Columbia River
    • Treatment
    • Monitoring/Modeling
recovery act funding
Recovery Act Funding
  • DOE’s Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) apportionment totals $1.961 billion
    • Must be used by September 2011
  • Lives touched – 4,547. Includes jobs saved plus new hires. (CHPRC March 2010)
  • Outside Contracts – over $500M awarded
hanford stimulus funded work
Hanford Stimulus Funded Work

Facility Demolition

hanford stimulus funded work1
Hanford Stimulus Funded Work
  • Removal of gloveboxes from the Plutonium Finishing Plant
  • 327 Hot Cell Removal
hanford stimulus funded work2
Hanford Stimulus Funded Work
  • 135,000 tons of contaminated soil removed from the BC Control Area
  • Equipment relocation from the U Canyon deck into the cells
  • Retrieval of TRU waste from underground storage
hanford stimulus funded work3
Hanford Stimulus Funded Work
  • Bureau of Reclamation ¼ Corner Section Marker - 1939
  • Debris removal from Arid Lands Ecology Reserve
what s ahead
What’s Ahead
  • Planned completion of River Corridor by 2015
  • Planned completion of the Outer Zone by 2015
  • Site closure date extending beyond 2050
projected use of laboratories and tsdfs in fy 11 and fy 12
Projected use of Laboratories and TSDFs in FY 11 and FY 12
  • Continue use of DOECAP contracted laboratories
    • Represents about 20% of the site’s analytical workload
  • $1.3 million spent in FY 2010
  • Subcontract laboratory usage is expected to remain the same for FY’s 2011 and 2012
rl laboratories
RL Laboratories*

On-Site Laboratories

  • WSCF (MSC)
  • Plutonium Finishing Plant for NDA only (PRC)
  • 222-S Advanced Technologies and Laboratories (ATL)

Off-Site Laboratories

  • Test America Laboratory – Richland, Washington
  • Test America Laboratory – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Test America Laboratory – Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Eberline Laboratory – Richmond, California
  • Lionville Laboratory – Lionville, Pennsylvania
  • PNNL has three small dollar-value contracts with other DOECAP laboratories

* Does not include Industrial Hygiene Laboratories

what s ahead for the tsdfs
What’s Ahead for the TSDFs
  • Stimulus funding to accelerate treatment and disposal of remaining legacy M/LLW backlog
  • Stimulus funding to accelerate retrieval of remaining CH TRU wastes
  • DOECAP TSDF Contracts
    • Perma-Fix Northwest , Richland, WA: MLLW Treatment and LLW volume reduction
    • Perma-Fix M&EC, Oak Ridge Site, TN: MLLW Treatment
    • Perma-Fix DSSI, Kingston, TN: MLLW Treatment
    • Perma-Fix Gainesville, FL: MLLW Treatment & waste bulking
    • ES-Clive, UT: MLLW Treatment & disposal
hanford participation in doecap
Hanford Participation in DOECAP
  • Continue to audit laboratories used by DOE’s Richland Operations (RL)
  • Continue to support revisions and changes to QSAS