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Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System (LAWPS) - Class 3 proposed permit modification Part 1

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection (ORP) is planning a 60-day public comment period to support a requested Class 3 permit modification to the Hanford Dangerous Waste Permit. This modification is requesting approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to add a new operating unit for the Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System (LAWPS). This operating unit will pretreat (remove cesium and filter out solid particles) double-shell tank waste for subsequent vitrification in the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Facility.

The planned cesium removal system would be deployed in phases. Phase One would employ a Tank-Side Cesium Removal (TSCR) unit. Phase Two would either use a permanent cesium removal capability, LAWPS or an additional TSCR unit to support full operation of the LAW Facility. This application will cover construction activities needed to support the Phase One portion of the project. Please note that this comment form is for the purpose of submitting a comment to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Commenter contact information is optional. Contact information is necessary if you want to receive future notices or responses related to this topic.


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