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High-pressure water is used to blast simulated saltcake into smaller fragments that can be more easily removed from the single-shell tanks located at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington State. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and others are working to retrieve and remediate the tank waste.

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Document Title: Saltcake Fragmentation
Category: Environmental Remediation
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: October 1992
Background: Saltcake in waste tanks was produced after waste was processed through concentrators that boiled off water, reducing the volume of waste. Slightly concentrated waste was then returned to the tanks where solids crystallized and settled as the solution cooled. For more information on the Hanford tanks, see Hanford Tank Cleanup: A Guide to Understanding the Technical Issues.
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