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Bechtel leads the team designing, constructing, and commissioning the world's largest and most technically sophisticated radioactive waste treatment plant at the Department of Energy Hanford Site in Washington state. This first-of-a-kind project will use vitrification to transform 53 million gallons (200 million liters) of radioactive and chemical waste into an immobile glass form. The waste stored in 177 aging underground tanks accumulated between 1944 and 1989, when plutonium and other nuclear materials were produced for nuclear defense.
Bechtel is part of the liquid waste contracting team at the complex that is remediating radioactive and hazardous waste located in underground tanks at the DOE's Savannah River Site. The team is closing waste tanks, reducing the single greatest environmental risk in the state of South Carolina and producing vitrified waste in the Defense Waste Processing Facility, a Bechtel-designed and constructed facility.
Bechtel led the team that managed and operated the large, complex Yucca Mountain project for the DOE, conducting the scientific, engineering, and technical work necessary to determine the mountain’s suitability as a repository for U.S. spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.