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The melter makes its way to Hanford

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NEAR RICHLAND, Wash. -- It's been years in the making and is being called one of Hanford's milestones. A 125 ton melter traveled all the way from Utah, and arrived at Hanford Friday morning.

The trip was about 800 miles with the average speed about 20 MPH. The melter is one of two that will be used at the Vit plant.

The Waste Treatment Plant's Project Manager, Frank Russo, says, "The melter will go out to the job site. We have a very big crane and with that big crane we'll unload it and we'll put it out on rails and we'll actually slide it into location where it will be permanently installed for the next 50 years."

Once the melter is unloaded, the crew will drive back down to Utah and pick up the next one. The machinery will be used to heat waste and glass-forming materials.