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.
Tank Farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions completed an upgrade to critical radioactive waste transfer lines at Hanford’s AZ Farm. Workers installed roughly 80 feet of double-walled piping used to transfer high-level radioactive waste between tanks. Funded through the Recovery Act, the upgrades prepare the tanks for delivering waste to the Waste Treatment Plant once it’s operational.
Earlier this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced an offer of a conditional commitment for a $1.187 billion loan guarantee to support construction of a new, large-scale solar facility in California. According to DOE, the project is expected to create over 350 jobs and produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes. Visit the Energy Blog to read more about the project.