Recovery Blog

Photo of the Week – Cleanup of SRS K Cooling Tower

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on March 7, 2012
Rubble of K Cooling Tower

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr group by Savannah River Site

SRS Recovery Act Update: SRS Recovery Act workers use heavy equipment to remove the rubble of K Cooling Tower while sorting more than 800 tons of reinforced steel for recycling.

One of the most visual milestones of cleanup projects underway within the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management was the demolition of the K-Reactor Cooling Tower at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Now, this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project has been completed one month ahead of schedule, with debris from the implosion safely hauled away and deposited in an on-site landfill. With project completion, a great safety achievement was realized.

To complete the project, more than 800 tons of reinforced steel from the structure were sent to a local scrap metal recycler. This recycling effort also helped to stimulate the local economy beyond the SRS Recovery Act Project.

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

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  1. machobhai said, on March 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

    The Savannah photo is really cool!

  2. Andrea Clingan said, on March 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This photo really puts the size of the job in perspective for me. It is really great that the project was able to be completed an entire month ahead of schedule, as well as being able to recycle so much of the reinforced steel. This project is really a model of the way recovery acts should all be managed.

  3. Jose Vestani said, on August 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    That’s great that the scrap materials were able to be recycled.

  4. Harry Bernstein said, on September 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Great picture. It is fascinating to see that the tower is gone. Amazing that 800 tons of metal are recycled that way.

  5. Craig Simpson said, on September 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Completing a project ahead of time is always appreciated especially when it comes to government funding. Awesome shot too.

  6. Anthony said, on November 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Good to hear safety was important! Some people discount safety for schedule. Glad that’s not the case on this project. Was any of the concrete recycled, or was that cost prohibitive?


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