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Hanford Tank Waste Evaporated

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Another waste evaporation project is complete at Hanford.

A two week evaporation project reduced Hanford's tank waste by about 300,000 gallons.

About twice a year, CH2M Hill fires up the 242-A Evaporator, and extracts water out of waste, reducing waste by about 50%.

The most recent project took about three months to prepare for.

They start by transferring waste into a double-shelled tank, then into the evaporator for treatment.

The process allows them to reduce waste, saving an estimated billion dollars.

"It's very important to us and I think to everyone else as a taxpayer because it allows us to avoid the need to build new double shelled tanks to store that waste" said CH2M Hill Hanford Group Vice President Jerry Long. 

Now that the most recent treatment is complete, CH2M Hill will upgrade the facility before their next treatment in 2007.

The project started in 1994, and since then, they've treated more than 22 million gallons of waste.