TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Removing Transuranic (TRU) waste from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities in Oak Ridge, TN is important for the community; it is important in keeping commitments to the State of Tennessee; it is important for the Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters and credibility with Congress and taxpayers.
DOE established the TWPC as a regional center for the management, treatment, packaging, and shipment of DOE TRU waste legacy inventory. TWPC is also responsible for managing and treating Low Level and Mixed Low-Level Waste generated at ORNL. TWPC was operated by North Wind Solutions under contract to the DOE’s Oak Ridge Office from December 2015 through October 2022.
During North Wind’s tenure, over 60% of the onsite TRU waste was shipped for disposal. By the end of the contract, only 1.7% of the contact-handled TRU waste and 2.5% of the remote-handled TRU waste remained to be processed. Safety was always paramount and North Wind Solutions received the Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence and Superior Star multiple times.