Until now, the contractor for the Hanford tank farm
, Washington River Protection Solutions, had focused its energies on safety and retrieving liquid waste from aging and leak-prone underground tanks.
The Department of Energy requested that its tanks contractor look at the potential impact of a union demand that workers use air respirators not only within the boundaries of Hanford tank farms
, but also in an expanded area of 200 feet beyond tank farm fences.
On 13th December, at the Hanford tank farms
, Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council workers sanctioned a new collective bargaining deal by a vote of 290 to 239.
Department of Energy (DOE) to take additional measures to prevent a buildup of flammable gases in tanks storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Tank Farms
in southeastern Washington state.
The completion of retrieval activities in the second tank within a month and the third tank this year marks a historic achievement at Hanford tank farms
," Tom Fletcher, assistant manager for the tank farms project, said.