Richland Laboratory Keeping Drinking Water Safe

Richland Laboratory Keeping Drinking Water Safe
RICHLAND -- Pacific Northwest National Labs is showing off a new study to protect Tri-City drinking water.

Scientists have begun a study on glass to make sure the nuclear waste at Hanford won't pollute the Columbia River once it's turned into glass.

Previous studies have shown water won't break down glass for centuries, but when dealing with nuclear waste, scientists don't want to risk it.

“It's kind of pivotal to the operation of the Vit plant that you have that info before actually start producing the glass,” said PNNL Scientist Denis. “You want to a glass that will meet the public's expectation.”

The study just began in June and could take years to complete.