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Hanford Crews Prepare for Work on One of the Most Dangerous Rooms on the Site

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Hanford workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the site this summer. Hanford workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the site this summer.
HANFORD, WA - Hanford workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the site this summer. 

It's a room in the Plutonium Finishing Plant where an explosion in 1976 exposed worker Harold McCluskey to a massive dose of radiation, leading to his nickname the Atomic Man. McCluskey lived for 11 more years and died of causes not related to the accident. The space now called The McCluskey room has been largely sealed up since the explosion. 

"It was bad, old, dilapidated and run down," said Radiological Control Technician Lewis Robinson. "It just looked like a war zone with dirt everywhere, everything was filthy. The glove boxes were completely covered. All the paint and the old plaster on the walls was hanging off. It just looked bad." 

CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation crews will use special new protective suits, breathing equipment and communication devices during this highly hazardous work. To see an in depth video about the project from the Department of Energy, click here.

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