Converting waste to glass
The federal government plans to stabilize 56 million gallons of radioactive waste stored in aging tanks at the former Hanford nuclear weapons complex in Washington state using a process called vitrification. Turning the waste into glass makes it safer and easier to dispose. Here’s how the conversion process works:
An overall schematic of the Hanford nuclear facility showing the underground storage, pretreatment, vitrification and disposal/storage process. Click on the buttons above for a step-by-step look.