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Jayme Gillen, an employee with North Wind Portage, EM's cleanup contractor at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center site, sprays water to mitigate dust while crews demolish one of eight DOE-owned buildings remaining at the site.
Jayme Gillen, an employee with North Wind Portage, EM's cleanup contractor at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center site, sprays water to mitigate dust while crews demolish one of eight DOE-owned buildings remaining at the site.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.EM workers have demolished two of the final eight DOE-owned buildings remaining at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) site in Ventura County, California.

“We’re in the final leg of DOE’s commitment to complete demolition at ETEC, safely and on time. Our partnership with the state of California has been vital to getting the ETEC site to final cleanup and completion, and our crews are committed to ensuring the site remains safe for the surrounding communities,” ETEC Federal Project Director John Jones said.

Crews tore down the two structures in recent weeks. In just one day in November, they safely knocked down a small structure once used for the storage of non-radioactive chemical waste as they worked around an old oak tree to preserve it. Days later, they demolished a building that had been used to treat reactive metals, including potassium and sodium.

EM crews use shears to remove an ancillary structure at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center site.
EM crews use shears to remove an ancillary structure at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center site.

The two buildings made up the Hazardous Waste Management Facility. Workers are on track to finish cleanup of that facility and safely ship the demolition debris for offsite disposal this month.

After the remaining six buildings are taken down, DOE intends to continue working with the state of California on final cleanup. This work includes removing remaining sub-grade portions of the buildings and cleanup of groundwater and soils.

In early November, workers advanced an EM 2020 priority by safely and successfully tearing down the last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility at ETEC. Work on the final eight DOE-owned buildings began following the signing of an amended agreement with the state of California.

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