Treating and managing challenging waste streams

Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) has experience designing, building and operating waste retrieval and treatment systems and facilities for radioactive wastes and nuclear programs. We maintain a strong track record of delivering projects safely, on time and within budget using our core value of Customer Focus as our guide to providing the best product possible for our customers.

VNSFS was at the center of operations of the Transuranic (TRU) Waste Processing Center on the DOE complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for nearly a decade, as the prime contractor for six years and then as the subcontractor managing operations and hot cell activities.  We shipped more than 1,500 55-gallon drums of TRU waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. We also packaged and shipped low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste for disposal at the Nevada National Security Site.

We have managed the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) at Hanford since 2013, where we are responsible for the full spectrum of management and operation of DOE’s largest landfill.  We work closely with all Hanford waste generators to ensure waste acceptance criteria and regulatory compliance are met during all phases of waste generation, containerization, transport and disposal activities.  Our innovative methods of packaging and disposing of large contaminated items from throughout the Hanford Site have resulted in significant savings for DOE. 

In January 2023, VNSFS and its joint venture partner, CTI and Associates, Inc., were awarded the contract to manage both ERDF and the Integrated Disposal Facility (IDF) at Hanford to support operations through 2029 (with options).

VNSFS personnel supported all of the site preparation work for the On-site Waste Disposal Facility at the DOE's PORTS Site in Ohio, including finishing the first cell and disposal ramp for the landfill, which started accepting waste in 2022.

VNSFS annually processes more than a million tons of radioactive material at its Alaron Nuclear Services licensed facility in western Pennsylvania, including dry active waste, metals, soil, rubble, and large components such as turbine rotors and large heat exchangers. In addition to processing materials for disposal or recovery, Alaron extends its Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licenses as a service to several different companies in the nuclear space. Click here to learn more.

Our technologies focus on remotely accessing waste, separating the challenging waste and ultimately stabilizing the waste into a disposable form.  By using our separation and stabilization techniques, the overall volume of waste requiring disposition is greatly reduced.

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Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) is a key partner in DOE’s cleanup of the Hanford Site, where about 56 million gallons of waste, left over from the plutonium production, are stored in 177 underground tanks. The waste is a potential threat to human health and the environment, including the Columbia River.
Since 2000, Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services has been an integral part of DOE’s nuclear cleanup programs at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in southern Ohio, including six years as the prime Facility Support Services contractor.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) has been at the center of operations of the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC) in Oak Ridge for more than a decade, as the prime contractor from 2009 through 2015 and now as the subcontractor managing operations and hot cell (waste sorting) activities.