The vitrification science of turning liquid into glass isn’t novel. But vitrifying 56 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste into glass for long-term safe storage offers a tricky endeavor that’s costing the U.S. billions of dollars and decades of time at the Hanford Nuclear Waste Site, the nation’s largest nuclear waste dump. As the U.S. Department of Energy continues on its path of cleaning the 580-square-mile site in the barren landscape of southeast Washington State, it nears a major milestone ahead of turning the least-toxic 90 percent of the radioactive waste into vitrified glass. That’s just one step, though, in a multi-decade plan to purge the site of our nuclear past.
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