Technology for Leaking Waste



A Richland company says it may have technology to treat radioactive waste from several leaking tanks at the Hanford site.

Kurion, Incorporated has developed a small scale vitrifiation system.  The waste from the tanks would be placed in canisters and mixed with sand, then melted using elctromagnetic induction.  That turns the waste into a glass-like substance for long term storage,

This would not replace the 12 billion dollar waste treatment plant currenlty under construction-- but could deal with low-level waste within two years.

The technology has been in research and development for years, and Kurion has spent 20-milliion dollars developing the system.  Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will begin testing the system on actual Hanford tank waste in June.