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Milestone at Hanford Waste Treatment Plant

RICHLAND, Wash.- Officials gathered to mark a milestone at the Waste Treatment Plant Thursday. 

A large tower crane is coming down.

Almost all work on the outside of the Low-Activity Waste Treatment Complex is now done.

Bechtel National began tearing down a 200-foot tall tower crane.

The crane's stood there for about three and a half years, but now that the building's shell is done, it's on it's way to another site.

In an effort to conserve money, the Department of Energy is sending the $2 million crane to Georgia.

They say teardown marks a milestone.

"Our focus has really been on completing the low-activity waste building and, what's standing in the background here is a building that's at it's final constructed height," said John Eschenberg, the Waste Treatment Plant Project Manager. 

Work on other portions of the plant was suspended in January 2006 to reevaluate the engineering.

Officials said Thursday, though, that they expect to have those projects up and running full again by September 2007.