Demolition work at a former radioisotope laboratory in Oak Ridge could be complete this spring.
The U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and UCOR announced earlier this year that UCOR, a contractor, had begun removing the two remaining structures at the former Radioisotope Development Lab atÂ Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
â€œThis project launches our next phase of major demolition and cleanup at ORNL,â€ said Nathan Felosi, OREMâ€™s portfolio federal project director for ORNL. â€œOur work is eliminating contaminated structures, like this one, that are on DOEâ€™s list of high-risk facilities and clearing space for future research missions.â€
Known as â€œhot cells,â€ the structures being demolished are heavily shielded concrete rooms that provided researchers protection from highly radioactive material during the years the laboratory was operational, a press release said.[Read more…]