Debris from DOE Paducah site arrives in Utah
PADUCAH, Ky. - Twenty-eight rail cars filled with debris from a major demolition project at the Department of Energy's Paducah site have been delivered to a disposal facility in Utah.
The rail cars left the fenced area of the Paducah site and were shipped to a commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal facility 80 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Special steps were taken to ensure safe, efficient rail shipment.
The building, known as the C-340 Metals Plant, operated from 1956 until its closure in the mid-1980s. The facility was used to produce uranium metal and for other operations. DOE officials say the plant encompassed about 1.5 million cubic feet, roughly the equivalent of a football field.
The Metals Plant was placed on a list of contaminated facilities to be cleaned up and torn down. It was the first uranium processing facility at the site to undergo full-scale demolition.
To see a time lapse of the demolition process, courtesy of the Department of Energy, watch the video posted above.