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The 177 radioactive waste storage tanks were built at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State between 1943 and 1985. These pictured are double-shell tanks. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and others are working to remediate this waste.

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Document Title: Tank Construction
Category: Environmental Remediation, History
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: May 1984
Background: The Hanford Site contains 177 cylindrical underground storage tanks with holding capacities ranging from 55,000 to 1.1 million gallons. These tanks contain approximately 54 million gallons of hazardous and radioactive wastes - enough to fill nearly 2,700 railroad tanker cars. The first tanks built had a single carbon steel wall and floor covered by a dome and outer shell made of concrete. The newer double-shell tanks contain two carbon-steel liners along the walls and floor and a single steel dome liner. All of these were enclosed within an outer shell of reinforced concrete. Double-shell tanks were built starting in 1968.
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