Project Type: Soil Remediation
Location: Benton County, Washington
Project Goal: Treat highly contaminated waste vapors
Equipment Type: Thermal Catalytic Oxidizer
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with finding a solution for decommissioned nuclear waste storage tanks that were leaking contaminated toxic vapors into the environment.
Seventy years ago, this site produced plutonium for the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Now, it’s run by the Department of Energy through a contractor. The contractor is managing a $110 billion cleanup of 56-million-gallons of chemical and nuclear waste, stored in 177 underground tanks. It is estimated that 150-300 gallons of radioactive waste per year was leaking into the environment. This cleanup project is expected to last the next 50 years. This contractor asked GCES to find an extremely long lasting solution that would destroy 99% of the toxins in the polluted waste vapors, that were escaping the tanks. [Read more…]