The Hanford Site: A Troubling Legacy

In the 1960s, radionuclides were found proliferating through the Columbia River and seeping into nearby groundwater at central Washington’s Hanford site—the United States’ main production facility for weapons grade plutonium during the Cold War.

Two decades later, in 1989, Hanford became listed as a national Superfund site. Hanford has required a massive, rigorous cleanup that remains unfinished today. During the project, INW has developed and provided equipment for monitoring wells around the site—including the HydroStar pump and P7000 submersible sensor.

But the environmental and economic impact of this disaster could have been avoided. With more proactive vigilance, the site may never have reached the disastrous levels that it did. At INW, we believe in taking this approach—using technology to monitor our resources before they become threatened.