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DOE Announces Final Record of Decision for Hanford Tank Farms

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The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a decision adopting a final cleanup plan for tank closure and waste management at the Hanford site. The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a decision adopting a final cleanup plan for tank closure and waste management at the Hanford site.

HANFORD, WA - The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a decision adopting a final cleanup plan for tank closure and waste management at the Hanford site.

The decision includes a plan of action for retrieval of 99 percent of the waste currently stored in Hanford's 177 underground storage tanks, landfill closure of the single-shell tank farm systems, and operation and maintenance of the tank farms.

The decision also includes plans for the Fast Flux Test Facility. DOE says above ground structures would be removed and below ground structures would be entombed.

"The completion of this Record of Decision is a significant step toward achieving the cleanup mission at Hanford," said Ken Picha, DOE's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tank Waste and Nuclear Material.  "We appreciate the support we received from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Agency as cooperating agencies on the environmental impact statement."

DOE's Record of Decision will be published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2013. For more information on the final tank closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement, click here.

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