Another step forward in the cleanup at Hanford. One of the last remaining reactor sites and the largest in Hanford's 300 Area is being demolished.
HANFORD, WA - Another step forward in the cleanup at Hanford. One of the last remaining reactor sites and the largest in Hanford's 300 Area is being demolished.
If you live near Hanford you might hear or even feel the final step. There will be an explosion at Hanford this weekend, but it's a controlled one.
The work has been years in the making to clean the 300 Area. As Washington Closure Hanford works to complete this process, one of the final steps is to blow up the concrete casing of the Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor. It was the main area of the building that held the reactor and has thick industrial cement walls that go tens of feet underground. Clearing the sensitive area takes precision and accuracy to avoid any mishaps.
"We don't always know exactly what we're going to run into. We do know that there's chemicals of all different types. We do know that there's radioactive contamination in some areas, but we prepare for that and our contractors prepare for that," said Cameron Hardy who works in Public Affairs for the Department of Energy.
Weather permitting, Saturday morning around 7 a.m. you could possibly feel or hear the controlled blast. Workers are laying down protective mats this week to prevent debris from leaving the blast area.