Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 11, 2017
Last week was another very educational presentation with Dieter Bohrman providing an update on the cleanup progress at the superfund site Hanford.  We learned about the many complications with the project.  It appears the cleanup will be lasting throughout our lifetimes.  As long as they get it right for the next generations…
Dieter works for the DOE and River Protection department in communications. He gave us a history of the Hanford site starting in the 1940's with the first plutonium production in the world, through 45 years up to the present and their clean up efforts. 
There are 56 million gallons of liquid chemicals and radioactive waste underground, in 177 tanks and in the ground water in that area. The area includes tank farms and a waste treatment plant plus the vitrification plant to make glass logs of the waste. That is not expected to be on-line until 2023.
They are taking 1641 acres and redeveloping it into a recreational area. Additionally, Hanford is working with STEM initiatives to hire a new generation of employees. He said 50% of their current population is aging out and will possibly retire in the next five years. They will be monitoring the entire site until 2090 at a cost of $110 billion.