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DOE Closing Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford

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The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office plans to close the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford. The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office plans to close the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford.

HANFORD, WA - The U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office plans to close the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford.

The DOE announced Wednesday the closure will happen within a year. It will help to reduce infrastructure costs across the Hanford site.

Approximately 60 RJ Lee employees currently work at the lab as subcontractors to Mission Support Alliance. The work done at the facility will be moved to laboratories off the Hanford site. It will be up to the contractors to decide the workforce impacts.

The DOE expects to see an average savings of $12 million per year, the majority of which is the cost of maintaining and operating the lab. The savings will go toward additional cleanup work at Hanford.

WSCF is currently used to analyze samples with trace amounts of chemicals and radioactive materials from surveillance and monitoring activities, as well as cleanup operations.

Over the past 20 years, offsite laboratories have improved to the point where they are the most cost-effective option for analyzing Hanford site samples. This approach has been done successfully by Washington Closure Hanford LLC and by contractors at other DOE cleanup sites.