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Green Initiatives Keep Hanford Site Environmentally Responsible

May 30, 2013 - 12:00pm

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The Hanford site exceeded its goal of reducing fleet vehicles by 15 percent in fiscal year 2012. The overall reduction that year was 25.4 percent.

The Hanford site exceeded its goal of reducing fleet vehicles by 15 percent in fiscal year 2012. The overall reduction that year was 25.4 percent.

An electric charging station for electric vehicles is located at the Hanford site.

An electric charging station for electric vehicles is located at the Hanford site.

Lead acid batteries are collected at the Hanford Centralized Consolidation/Recycling Center. Other items recycled at Hanford include aerosol products, aluminum cans and foil, audio tapes, boxes, cell phones, chemicals and computers.

Lead acid batteries are collected at the Hanford Centralized Consolidation/Recycling Center. Other items recycled at Hanford include aerosol products, aluminum cans and foil, audio tapes, boxes, cell phones, chemicals and computers.

The Hanford site exceeded its goal of reducing fleet vehicles by 15 percent in fiscal year 2012. The overall reduction that year was 25.4 percent.
An electric charging station for electric vehicles is located at the Hanford site.
Lead acid batteries are collected at the Hanford Centralized Consolidation/Recycling Center. Other items recycled at Hanford include aerosol products, aluminum cans and foil, audio tapes, boxes, cell phones, chemicals and computers.

RICHLAND, Wash. ―Though the Hanford site is technically located in the desert, it has a decidedly “green” tint due to many successful pollution prevention and environmental stewardship initiatives.

While its main mission is environmental cleanup from years of defense production, Hanford has made strides to perform cleanup work as environmentally friendly as possible.

As Hanford’s prime contractor for integrated site services, Mission Support Alliance (MSA) provides site-wide coordination for all pollution prevention and environmental stewardship functions as part of its responsibilities.

Since taking on the Mission Support Contract in 2009, MSA has launched initiatives that have proven successful in reducing Hanford’s environmental footprint. They include introducing electric vehicles and charging stations; promoting buying green; consolidating hundreds of thousands of data center square footage; and increasing recycling on site.

“We at MSA are very proud to spearhead the site’s green initiatives,” said Lori Fritz, MSA’s vice president of energy & environmental services. “In our role, not only do we perform pollution prevention activities like recycling and green building audits, but we also get to help other site contractors identify innovative green practices and technologies. We’re proud of the site’s efforts in reducing the footprint.”

Following are examples of pollution prevention efforts and environmental stewardship activities at Hanford:

  • Recycling 1,180 metric tons of non-hazardous solid waste (cardboard, paper, plastic, wood and furniture);
  • Recycling 233 metric tons of regulated solid waste (used oil, antifreeze, batteries and light bulbs);
  • Diverting 10,176 metric tons of construction and demolition debris from the site’s landfill for use as backfill;
  • Reusing 108 metric tons of clean concrete for backfill material;
  • Removing 544 metric tons of soil during excavation of new cells at the site’s landfill and using it as fill for remediated waste sites, avoiding need to excavate soil from new or existing pits;
  • Introducing biodegradable or bio-based hydraulic oils and greases in equipment working adjacent to sensitive habitats like the Columbia River to lessen adverse environmental impacts from leaks and spills;
  • Exceeding goal for reducing fleet vehicles by 15 percent for fiscal year 2012; overall reduction for that year was 25.4 percent; and
  • Completing construction of the 200 West Pump and Treat Biological Processes Building, attaining the first ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for an EM site.

To learn more about Hanford’s environmental stewardship activities, please click here.

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