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Final Piece of Vit Plant Test Project Arrives

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The final piece is here on a system that could save time and money at Hanford's Vit Plant.

The Energy Department is testing a working-scale model of the plant's pretreatment project.  

The project comes after reviews identified possible problems in the pretreatment process and called for larger scale tests.

"The test is really intended to be confirmatory of the design that's been developed and being built in the waste treatment plant," said Rob Gilbert with DOE's Office of River Protection.

DOE will run the tests using a non-radioactive simulant.  

They hope it'll save them time and money once the actual plant starts running in 2019.  

The pretreatment facility treats the waste before it's melted into safe glass logs.