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Demolition Underway on Hanford's 326 Building

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Demolition crews, with Washington Closure Hanford, continued tearing down one of the last remaining lab facilities in Hanford's 300 Area, Thursday morning.

Demolition began last month after crews removed asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous materials from the 326 Building. The 63,107-square-foot facility opened in 1953 to support reactor development.

The Department of Energy says cleaning up the 300 Area is important in order to protect the river corridor.

"We're removing the hazards from the river corridor. Obviously, the 300 area is close to Richland, close to the river--so what use to be an industrial city--now you can look and see open air from here all the way to the river," said Mark French, the federal project director for the DOE-RL's River Corridor Division.

Demolition on the 326 Building is expected to be completed by mid-October, with total clean-up wrapping up by the end of the year.