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Workers might recommence on ” less hazardous work” on demolishing Hanford plutonium plant

Work to demolish Hanford plutonium plant could resume next week

Demolition work on Hanford’s plutonium finishing plant could resume next week after the U.S. Department of Energy stopped work at the site last December.  September 15, 2018

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.

Demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was halted in December after a spread of radioactive particles. In all, 42 workers were found to have inhaled or ingested small amounts of radioactive particles and workers drove contaminated cars off the nuclear site.

Also see | “It was complete chaos” says Hanford worker who inhaled plutonium

The Tri-City Herald reports that the planned restart is limited, focusing on less hazardous work.

The U.S. Department of Energy this week approved the resumption of demolition.

The plant for decades helped make plutonium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons.


September 17, 2018 - Posted by | USA, wastes

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