The liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site is beginning a yearlong project that will improve the contractor’s salt disposition process and prepare the Site’s liquid waste operations for the Salt Waste Processing Facility, which currently is under construction.

Savannah River Remediation, or SRR, began installation of a process vessel ventilation system earlier this month in a facility that houses salt solution receipt tanks at the Saltstone Production Facility.

Once completed and placed into service, the tanks receive decontaminated salt solution, which is turned into a grout mixture and permanently disposed of in SRS disposal units.

“The system is a vital part in the success of SRR’s liquid waste mission, and an enhancement to the safety of our project,” said Keith Harp, project integration manager for the Salt Waste Processing Facility. “The system being installed has an environmental monitoring system that prevents any breakthroughs into the environment.”

The system is designed to filter and monitor the air from the tanks before it is released into the environment. Outside air is pulled through the tanks by the ventilation system, which will prevent buildup of hydrogen gas inside the tanks.

The new system will be a great assistance to the start of the facility, according to Stuart MacVean, SRR president and project manager.

“Not only is it going to help ... operations, but this new system will also improve the flexibility of current salt processing within the liquid waste facilities,” MacVean said.

The tanks are set to be operational in July 2015.

Savannah River Remediation is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corporation, with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.