The two most highly contaminated pieces of processing equipment have been removed from the former Plutonium Finishing Plant at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford site in preparation for the plant’s demolition later this year. Work began to remove the two large glove boxes in June 2015. Nearly 4 metres in height, the glove boxes were too large and too heavily contaminated to remove from the building in one piece. The boxes were therefore cut into smaller pieces that have since been packaged for eventual permanent disposal. Workers cutting the glove boxes into pieces worked from the top down, and wore protective suits and breathed supplied air during the cutting operations.
World Nuclear News 26th Feb 2016 read more »