RICHLAND, Wash. – Four of five crews of operations staff, including Commissioning Technician Gwendy Watkins, pictured here, at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant are now fully qualified in their “watch stations” in the Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility control room in preparation for heating up the LAW Facility’s first melter later this year. The crews qualified include operations control room supervisors and commissioning technicians focused on the facility control room and Balance of Facilities field activities. Their training qualifies them for managing, monitoring, responding to, anticipating, and communicating any potential or emerging issues during their shifts. The training department’s next focus will be delivering watch station qualifications to operations shift crews for LAW Facility container receipt handling, container pour handling, and melter equipment support handling. Training occurs in a simulator that mirrors the LAW Facility control room. Radioactive and chemical waste from Hanford's tank farms will be vitrified, or immobilized in glass, for safe disposal at the LAW Facility as part of Hanford’s Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) Program.
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