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A worker at the West Valley Demonstration Project applies a fixative to the concrete slab of the former Main Plant Office Building to protect employees from potential asbestos.
A worker at the West Valley Demonstration Project applies a fixative to the concrete slab of the former Main Plant Office Building to protect employees from potential asbestos.

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – An EM deactivation and demolition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete slab with a fixative after removing asbestos from it.

The concrete slab was the foundation for the former Main Plant Office Building, which workers demolished late last year, bringing EM’s total number of structures removed at WVDP to 66.

Workers had safely removed asbestos-containing material from inside that building prior to tearing it down. Built in 1964, the three-story, 3,760-square-foot facility was part of the original commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at the site.

“Our team continues to leverage their combined knowledge and expertise to safely complete the demolition, disposition, and restoration of facilities no longer needed,” EM WVDP Director Bryan Bower said. “This work will enhance safety efforts in preparation for the future demolition of the Main Plant Process Building.”

Demolition of the Main Plant Process Building is an EM priority for 2020.

The Main Plant Office Building was one of several Main Plant Process Building support structures. The next ancillary building set for demolition is a utility building. That teardown will occur after the site transitions to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 Work Resumption Plan.

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