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 August 1, 1999

Flats workers remove final plutonium from one building

GOLDEN — Workers at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility, have removed and treated the last of nearly 10,000 liters of plutonium liquids from building 371, a target of the Rocky Flats Cleanup Agreement (RFCA) as well as a Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board milestone.

Building 371 is a former plutonium-production building designed to perform chemical processes to recover and purify plutonium, which along with uranium, represents the greatest potential risk at Rocky Flats in terms of potential spills or reactions.

“The treatment of these liquids places them in a stable form for longer-term storage and dramatically reduces one of our top risks,” explained Scott Sax, Building 371 project manager for Safe Sites of Colorado. “This accomplishment is a credit to our workers and represents tangible progress toward accelerated closure,” he added.

In a related accomplishment, workers in Building 771 have drained and removed a total of eight piping systems, exceeding a RFCA milestone.

GOLDEN — Workers at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site, a former nuclear weapons production facility, have removed and treated the last of nearly 10,000 liters of plutonium liquids from building 371, a target of the Rocky Flats Cleanup Agreement (RFCA) as well as a Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board milestone.

Building 371 is a former plutonium-production building designed to perform chemical processes to recover and purify plutonium, which along with uranium, represents the greatest potential risk at Rocky Flats in terms of potential spills or reactions.

“The treatment of…

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