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.
Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) is the Department of Energy’s Tank Operations Contractor responsible for managing Hanford’s 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste and preparing it for delivery to the Waste Treatment Plant.
Brief Hanford history:
1943: A 586 square mile plot of land in Southeast Washington becomes the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Created with the purpose of enriching plutonium to use in the nuclear bombs to end World War II.
1947 – 1987: The Cold War/nuclear arms race utilized Hanford to full production capacity during these years. The massive production amounts resulted in 56 millions of radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks.
1989: The Tri-Party agreement is signed by The Department of Energy, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology turning Hanford Site priorities from production to clean up.
For a more detailed look at Hanford history see: www.hanford.gov