RICHLAND, Wash.- Fluor Hanford has cleaned up almost 35,000 waste drums a month ahead of schedule.
The high risk waste was buried underground in trenches, some of it in stored only in large cardboard boxes.
It ranged from debris, tools and clothing contaminated during plutonium production in the 1970s and 1980s.
"It's important that we get it out of there before the containers degrade too much and we get it cleaned up and get the waste to the repository," said Dale McKenney, a Fluor Hanford Vice President.
Some of the waste is reburied in a facility on site.
Higher level waste is shipped to a plant in New Mexico.
The Department of Energy has to have all of the trench waste cleaned up by 2010.