Assessment of Radioactive Waste Management at the Hanford Site and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – March 2020

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March 2020

Assessment of Radioactive Waste Management at the Hanford Site and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

This assessment is in response to the Deputy Secretary of Energy’s July 9, 2019, memorandum directing the Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) to undertake a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-wide assessment of the procedures and practices for packaging and shipping radioactive waste. The assessment activities focused on waste management performance at the Hanford Site (Hanford) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). At Hanford, the radioactive waste management program is implemented by CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company LLC (CHPRC) and Washington River Protection Solutions LLC (WRPS). At PNNL, the radioactive waste management program is implemented by Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). For both sites, commercial waste treatment company, Perma-Fix Northwest, Inc. (PFNW), provides services to support program implementation.