Long, skinny tanks used to process scrap plutonium hung along the central canyon of the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s Plutonium Reclamation Facility, as seen through leaded glass windows. Demolition was completed on the Plutonium Reclamation Facility on Dec. 15.
Long, skinny tanks used to process scrap plutonium hung along the central canyon of the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s Plutonium Reclamation Facility, as seen through leaded glass windows. Demolition was completed on the Plutonium Reclamation Facility on Dec. 15. Courtesy Department of Energy
Long, skinny tanks used to process scrap plutonium hung along the central canyon of the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s Plutonium Reclamation Facility, as seen through leaded glass windows. Demolition was completed on the Plutonium Reclamation Facility on Dec. 15. Courtesy Department of Energy

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  • Workers take down Plutonium Reclamation Facility Canyon

    This video from November shows demolition of the north wall of the canyon, allowing heavy equipment to begin removing strong backs from the walls. Strong backs are brackets from which pencil-shaped processing tanks once hung. It also shows the array of dust suppression tools, each spraying water from a different angle to help control radiological contamination during demolition.