RICHLAND -- Perma-Fix Northwest has nearly completed a $700,000 upgrade to one of its processing buildings at the Richland plant.
Perma-Fix was awarded a $4.1 million contract to manage 3 million pounds of condenser tubes, piping, structural steel and other waste from the Columbia Generating Station condenser.
Energy Northwest is replacing the main condenser at its nuclear plant near Richland.
Because the condenser tubes are so large, a Perma-Fix processing facility needed to be upgraded, said Richard Grondin, Perma-Fix general manager. A new concrete pad is being added around the building and an annex.
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In addition, an air permit is up for renewal and upgrades to the ventilation system at the facility were needed.
The improvements will support not just the Energy Northwest project, but also provide new capacity long term at Perma-Fix in Richland.