FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2019
Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test
BOISE, Idaho — Fluor Idaho crews recently finished a 50-day test of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit in which they successfully treated more than 63,000 gallons of liquid designed to mimic the radioactive waste that is awaiting treatment at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
This is the longest test so far and its successful completion should allow the process of treating the 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste that now resides in three stainless steel 300,000-gallon storage tanks to commence.
This progress is encouraging for several reasons, one of which is that Idaho has been waiting for years for the Department of Energy (DOE) to make good on the promises it made as part of the 1995 Settlement Agreement between Idaho and DOE. Holding the federal government accountable with regard to the safe processing of this waste is necessary to protect Idahoans and Idaho resources.
I am personally delighted to hear about the successful completion of this critical test. INL is an important resource for Idaho and for the nation, and Fluor Idaho’s innovation is helping to keep it moving forward and making progress.
While it often goes largely unnoticed, vital research is being performed at INL each day and Idahoans have much of which to be proud. I expect that we will see even more innovative research and development in the near future.
I am thankful to the many Idahoans who had a role in this process and I am especially thankful to the many conscientious individuals at INL and at Fluor Idaho who are diligently serving Southeast Idaho.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff