Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Increases Production Fivefold
Since the launch of operations just over a month ago, the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) has increased sodium-bearing waste treatment fivefold, a crucial step in removing remaining liquid waste from nearby underground tanks at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site and protecting the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer.
To date, the facility has converted more than 8,550 gallons of the liquid tank waste to a more stable, granular solid.
On April 11, IWTU began treating a blend that was 10% sodium-bearing waste and 90% non-radioactive simulated waste, or simulant, which had been essential to IWTU testing from 2012 to 2023.