Office of Environmental Management

Crews Complete SPRU Building Demolition

June 12, 2018

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This photo shows the H2 site post-demolition.

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM and its cleanup contractor AECOM safely accomplished the final phase of building demolition for Buildings H2 and G2 at the Separations Process Research Unit last month. Collocated at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, the SPRU buildings supported research conducted in the 1950s into chemical processes for separating plutonium and uranium from irradiated materials. What remains to the cleanup is debris and contaminated soil removal, verification that cleanup objectives are met, and backfilling the building footprints. All work is expected to be completed this fall. 

Building H2, shown here in the 1950s, supported research early in the Cold War into chemical separation of plutonium for the nation's strategic defense.
Building H2, shown here in the 1950s, supported research early in the Cold War into chemical separation of plutonium for the nation's strategic defense.
Under a tented enclosure, workers cleaned out the interior of Building H2.
Under a tented enclosure, workers cleaned out the interior of Building H2.
The H2 Tent enclosure steel supports are disassembled.
The H2 Tent enclosure steel supports are disassembled.
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