Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) is reducing the risk to the environment posed by Hanford’s 56 million gallons of highly radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks.

WRPS is the U.S. Department of Energy Office of River Protection’s prime contractor responsible for safely managing the waste until it is prepared for disposal.

The tank waste is material left over from years of World War II and post-war production of nuclear weapons. The waste is stored in 149 older single-shell tanks and 28 newer and safer double-shell tanks that are grouped into 18 farms near the center of the 586-square-mile Hanford Site in south-central Washington.

Featured WRPS activities and employees

WRPS employee stars in CBC anniversary campaign

This summer, a WRPS employee’s connection to Columbia Basin College (CBC) is earning him a little bit of local notoriety.

WRPS honored for hiring veterans

Washington River Protection Solutions was one of seven employers recognized this spring by the Washington State Employment Security Department for hiring veterans.

WRPS awards family scholarships

Five high school seniors received the first-ever WRPS Family Scholarships for academic excellence recently.