May 2022

Independent Assessment of Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Commissioning Test Procedures at Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) conducted an independent assessment of direct-feed low-activity waste (DFLAW) commissioning test procedures at the Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant from August to October 2021. Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) is conducting a commissioning test process to ensure that the vitrification of low-activity tank waste can be accomplished safely and effectively. This assessment evaluated the effectiveness of BNI’s programs in developing and implementing procedures to be used to perform these tests. The assessment also evaluated the effectiveness of DOE Office of River Protection (ORP) oversight of BNI’s commissioning test procedure development and implementation processes.