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Workers at the 324 Building mockup install a remotely operated excavator for training purposes. The tool replicates the equipment that will remove part of the 324 Building’s floor and the highly radioactive soil beneath.
Workers at the 324 Building mockup install a remotely operated excavator for training purposes. The tool replicates the equipment that will remove part of the 324 Building’s floor and the highly radioactive soil beneath.

RICHLAND, Wash.Hanford Site workers added a critical component to a training facility this month to eventually help remove radioactive soil beneath a former chemical laboratory.

   Crews with EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company mounted the remotely operated excavator in a mockup of part of the 324 Building. This equipment will hammer, cut, and dig out the floor to access and remove the contaminated soil beneath the 324 Building.

   Employees will train on the excavator in the mockup before installing and using similar equipment inside the highly contaminated 324 Building.

Crews attached a remote excavator to the wall at the 324 Building mockup. Installing the equipment required the precise drilling of support holes.
Crews attached a remote excavator to the wall at the 324 Building mockup. Installing the equipment required the precise drilling of support holes.
Skilled operators in the 324 Building mockup now train on a remote excavator, using newly installed cameras and lighting.
Skilled operators in the 324 Building mockup now train on a remote excavator, using newly installed cameras and lighting.
They will eventually deploy similar equipment in the 324 Building to remove grout and debris, score and remove the existing floor, and excavate the highly radioactive soil underneath.
They will eventually deploy similar equipment in the 324 Building to remove grout and debris, score and remove the existing floor, and excavate the highly radioactive soil underneath.
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