Contractor getting $5M bonus for Hanford vitrification plant

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy has announced it will pay the company building the Hanford vitrification plant $5 million in incentive pay after it received its best performance evaluation in three years for 2019. The Tri-City Herald reported that Bechtel National will receive 64% of the maximum $8 million it was eligible to earn based on evaluation results. Bechtel is reimbursed for costs and can earn incentive pay to profit more off of the vitrification plant it is building to glassify radioactive waste. The plant is expected to start treating low activity radioactive waste by the end of 2023 and be fully operational by 2036.