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Other mixed waste facilities we oversee

Our Nuclear Waste Program regulates other sites with mixed (radioactive and hazardous chemical) waste in Washington that aren't part of the Hanford cleanup.

Click on the tabs to find out more about the facilities, and read about the US Ecology disposal site.
Framatome

Framatome (formerly AREVA NP Inc.) is a French-owned company that operates a plant in Richland. The company makes nuclear fuel assemblies for commercial nuclear reactors located all over the world. The plant, in operation since 1972, employs about 600 people and is operated under a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

We regulate the plant's temporary storage of mixed waste that results from its operations until they are shipped offsite to an approved disposal facility. The current permit was issued in February 2010 and will remain in effect until February 2020.

Columbia Generating Station Perma-Fix Northwest Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

US Ecology, Inc.

US Ecology is a disposal facility located on the Hanford site that is licensed by the state of Washington to receive commercial low-level radioactive waste. The facility, in operation since 1965, operates on land leased to the state by the federal government.

A worker looks at dozens of containers storing radioactive waste staged in a gravel lot at US Ecology, a commercial radioactive waste site.

Worker surveys containers at US Ecology.

Before 1993, the US Ecology facility accepted waste from across the United States. It now serves commercial and government low-level radioactive waste customers in the eight states of the Northwest Interstate Compact and the three states of the Rocky Mountain Compact (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico). The Washington Department of Health oversees waste disposal activities at the facility.