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Hanford Crews Demolish Support Buildings Leading up to Destruction of the Plutonium Finishing Plant

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HANFORD, WA - Crews are getting closer to demolition of one of the most hazardous buildings left standing on the Hanford site. But first, they're knocking down smaller, support buildings around the historic Plutonium Finishing Plant. 

Over the last few weeks workers have demolished eight small buildings around the PFP. Bryan Foley, Deputy Federal Project Director at the Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office says they're small but important steps clearing the way to a much bigger project. 

"What's really important about taking down the support structures and office buildings is they help us create the demolition footprint for where vehicles will be able to move in and out. They'll be taking waste away, tearing down parts of the building, so that's really important." 

Demolition of the actual Plutonium Finishing Plant is scheduled to start in 2016. The PFP produced nearly two-thirds of the country's plutonium through the late 1980's.