Ribbon cutting signals new salt waste processing facility coming to Aiken

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Monday, June 20, 2016

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy, Savannah River will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Salt Waste Processing Facility in Aiken.

It will take place Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Applied Research Center on Gateway Drive in Aiken.

The Salt Waste Processing Facility is a key component of the liquid waste program at the Savannah River Site. SWPF will treat highly radioactive salt solutions currently stored in underground tanks at SRS. Removing salt waste, which fills over 90 percent of tank space in
the SRS tank farms, is a major step toward emptying the Site’s remaining 43 high level waste tanks.

Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto, DOE Assistant Secretary, Office of
Environmental Management, is the guest speaker for the event. Other participants include DOE-Savannah River Manager Jack Craig, Parsons Executive Vice President Anthony Leketa and Senior Vice President and SWPF Project Manager Frank Sheppard.

Visitors scheduled to attend will travel to the Salt Waste Processing Facility by commercial bus.