Hanford has treated 750 million gallons of contaminated groundwater since October

Photos: Hanford Site on Facebook

Hanford workers have been hard at work treating hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated groundwater.

According to a Facebook post, the 200 West Pump and Treat facility set a record by treating over 300 million gallons of contaminated groundwater on Hanford’s Central Plateau in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, which began October 1.

They said this is “a record volume for any quarter since the site’s largest treatment plant began operating in 2012.”

Hanford has six pump and treat facilities, they said, with five near the Columbia River.

The purpose of these treatment facilities is to remove hazardous chemicals and radioactive constituents from groundwater.

Combined, the treatment plants have already treated 750 million gallons of groundwater in fiscal year 2020.