Waste Management

safety and compliance

Complex Waste

comprehensive solution

Plateau Remediation Project

a legacy

Plateau Remediation Project

Comprehensive nuclear waste and services

A pre-selected teaming subcontractor to perform waste management and facility operations at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site.

Project Highlights

  • Solid Waste Operations

    Personnel transition and operation and maintenance of over 30 central plateau processing and treatment facilities; disposal areas; repackaging, storage, and disposal facilities; and Engineering Procurement and Construction Project.

  • Waste Management

    Size reduction and repackaging, packaging, profiling, storage and inventory control of TRU, LLW, and MLLW wastes.

  • Disposal Facility Operations

    Operation and maintenance of disposal facilities for LLW and MLLW; processing legacy waste containers; packaging/repackaging, and over-packing; coordination of all waste movements on-site with Hanford generators.

Capabilities Delivered

The Know-how, The People, The Vision

Our partnerships include some of the best companies in the industry. We have the know-how to bring the right skills at the right time to enhance our partners' and customers' success.

Project Details

The Hanford Plateau Remediation Contract (PRC) advanced the cleanup of the central portion of the Hanford Site, known as the 200 Area or the Central Plateau, which once housed five chemical separations buildings and other facilities that separated and recovered plutonium and other materials for use in nuclear weapons.

To address the challenges associated with the Plateau cleanup activities, Our wholly-owned subsidiary East Tennessee Materials & Energy Corporation (M&EC) joined with CH2M Hill as a pre-selected teaming subcontractor to perform waste management and facility operations at the DOE Hanford Site. CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) took control as the prime contractor to manage the cleanup of the Hanford Plateau. CHPRC was awarded a cost plus incentive fee contract valued at approximately $4.5 billion over 10 years.

The scope of the CHPRC contract included completion of the Plutonium Finishing Plant project; characterization of facilities and waste sites; disposal activities related to non-tank farm waste; environmental surveillance and maintenance (O&M); groundwater monitoring and remediation; environmental remediation; and development of documents for regulatory and other decisions covering groundwater, soil, and facilities.

Our scope included personnel transition, operation and maintenance of central plateau processing and treatment, repackaging, storage, and disposal facilities and the Engineering Procurement and Construction Project. We oversaw the O&M of over 30 facilities and disposal areas making up the Solid Waste Operations Complex (SWOC), which included 16 Central Waste Complex (CWC) facilities, T Plant (HazCat 2), Low Level Burial Grounds (LLBG) (HazCat 2), and the maintenance of the Integrated Disposal Facility (IDF) (HazCat 3).

We managed the projects LLW, MLLW, TRU, and TRU MLLW generated from clean-up and retrieval operations and were responsible for TRU waste size reduction and repackaging operations within T-Plant; packaging, profiling, storage and inventory control of approximately 150,000 cubic feet of TRU, LLW, and MLLW wastes annually within the CWC; O&M of disposal facilities (LLBGs) for LLW and MLLW; processing recovered legacy waste containers by venting, headspace gas sampling (HSGS), packaging/repackaging, and over-packing of retrieved wastes; and development and management of a centralized project support team responsible for coordinating all waste movements on-site with Hanford generators.


Waste Treatment

Our fixed base facilities offer highly specialized treatment options that help reduce risk and avoid costly internal program development.

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Nuclear & Health
Physics Services

Our highly experienced team of professionals can handle domestic and international challenges across all project disciplines.

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We repair, calibrate, and rent radiological and industrial hygiene instrumentation, and have one of the country's largest commercial instrument inventories.

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Our research team specializes in development of new and innovative solutions that manage risk and create value associated with nuclear materials.

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NORM / TENORM Services

Our team provides turn-key services for NORM management, specializing in tailoring solutions for difficult waste streams and strategic support which range from regulatory compliance consulting to turn-key NORM program management design and implementation.

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