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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's remotely operated Pit Viper radioactive cleanup technology may result in a potential 50-75 percent reduction in radiation worker exposure. Its remote operating capability conducted in high radiation zones allows workers to perform repair and refurbishment operations in more than 600 equipment pits on the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. This work will be required to retrieve and pump much of Hanford's 53 million gallons of high-level radioactive tank waste to a vitrification (glassification) plant expected to be completed in 2007.

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Document Title: Pit Viper
Category: Environmental Remediation
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: May 2001
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