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Vit Plant to Resume Full Construction within 30 days

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Department of Energy has finally approved new seismic standards on the two largest parts of Hanford's Waste Treatment, or Vitrification Plant and it means work is expected to fully restart within the next 30 days.

Seismic issues on the pretreatment and high-level waste buildings halted construction a year ago amid controversy the plant couldn't hold up in a large earthquake.

"It's going to be one of the largest, one of the newest, one of the most complex facilities of it's kind constructed anywhere in the world and it will have to safely treat the bulk of Hanford's tank waste," said Erik Olds with DOE.

The plant designed to turn that waste into glass should be up to full construction again sometime next month.

DOE still says it'll be open and fully operative by 2019.