United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Hanford Site for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing

Richland, Washington

Photograph of the Hanford Site near Richland, WA

Operator: U.S. Department of Energy
Docket Number: PROJ0736

General Description of Hanford Site for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing

The Hanford Site, occupying 586 square miles along the Columbia River near Richland, Washington, is a former plutonium production complex. The cleanup of the site involves more than 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemically hazardous waste in 177 underground storage tanks, and about 25 million cubic feet (750,000 cubic meters) of buried or stored solid waste, as well as spent nuclear fuel, and plutonium in various forms. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of River Protection (ORP), has the mission to retrieve and treat Hanford's tank waste and close its tank farms to protect the Columbia River.

Although the Hanford Site is not covered by the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA), DOE has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide technical advice and consultation. Those NRC reviews are performed at the request of DOE under an Interagency Agreement. DOE may consult with NRC on waste determinations for closures of those tanks in the future. In accordance with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri Party Agreement) and State-approved closure plans, those tanks will be closed in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Washington Department of Ecology.

Site Information Contacts
  • Lead Project Manager: Maurice Heath
    (301) 415-3137
  • Technical Project Manager: Hans Arlt
    (301) 415-5845
  • Public Affairs Officer: David McIntyre
    (301) 415-8206
  • Office Director: Catherine Haney
    (301) 287-9243
  • Division Director: Larry Camper
    (301) 415-6673
  • Deputy Director: Andrew Persinko
    (301) 415-7479
  • Branch Chief: Gregory Suber
    (301) 415-8087
Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, August 10, 2017