A second round of explosions is planned to be set off in central Hanford today.
Two weeks ago on the last Friday off for most Hanford nuclear reservation workers, explosives were used to bring down the five tall structures around the 284 West Power House.
Today, the Department of Energy and CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation plan to bring down its twin, the 284 East Power House. The plants almost were identical, but the 284 East Power House also has a coal silo.
In addition, it has two 250-foot exhaust chimneys, two 90-foot air filter structures and a 140-foot water tower painted with a "Work Safely" message planned to be explosively demolished today.
After explosives are used to bring down the tall structures, the power houses will be torn down using shears mounted on excavators. The 284 East Power House has not operated since 1994.
The explosive demolition at both power houses is being paid for with $1.6 million in federal economic stimulus money.