A Case Of Hanford Nuclear Reservation Site

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Radioactive Contamination
Soil and Groundwater
Due to Storage of Nuclear Waste
A case of Hanford Nuclear Reservation site

Name Student no
Jaysheel Pandya 1001025972

Introduction 3
Contaminants on and around the site 4
Soil and Groundwater Contamination 5
Sources of Contamination 5
Physical and Hydrogeological conditions of the site and waste transport pathways 6
Interaction of contaminants in groundwater 9
Uranium 9
Chromium 10
Strontium 10
Remediation Strategies for Soil and Groundwater 11
Reducing recharge 12
Source Removal 12
Waste Treatment and Waste Immobilization 12
Soil Vapour Extraction 12
Calcium-phosphate Barrier 13
Pump-And-Treat 13
Phytoremediation 13
References 14

Table of figures
Figure 1: Map of Hanford site, Southeastern Washington State 4
Figure 2: Generalize Hanford Site Stratigraphy 7
Figure 3: Groundwater Contamination plume at Hanford site 8
Figure 4: Remediation plan adopted by U.S Department of Ecology 11


During and after World War 2, The United states of America was developing nuclear weapons in large quantities. They wanted to develop a secret industrial facility to manufacture nuclear weapons. In June 1942, the Manhattan Engineer District of Army Corps of Engineers (MEDACE) was inculcated to locate a site where the desired facility could be developed. In March 1943, a site in southern Washington State was developed as a plutonium production site with an area of approximately 560 square…
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