TA-21 towers come tumbling down

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Lab > The first tower came down Monday and the other came down this morning

By The Staff

The Department of Energy’s Environmental Projects Office took down the water tower at the west end of Technical Area 21 (TA-21) Monday beginning at about noon. The tower to the east came down today.
The Lakeworth Group LLC of Los Alamos perform the demolition. Lakeworth was designated through the U.S. Small Business Administration as an 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business. The contract was valued at $482,467.
Demolition of the towers, one of them 66 years old and the other 38 years old, was one of several projects to remove remaining structures at TA-21.
“By bringing down these towers, we are making a noticeable difference in the skyline at TA-21,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for Environmental Programs at the Los Alamos Field Office. “This is another positive step toward eventual transfer of this property to Los Alamos County.”
Technical Area 21 was one of the early sites of the Manhattan Project and Cold War-era work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). It was the location of the world’s first plutonium processing facility and where groundbreaking tritium research took place.
Lakeworth spent last week preparing the site for the dismantlement and toppling of the water towers.
Lakeworth is also responsible for disposing of the material and for site restoration at the tower locations. The work is scheduled to take about a month.
The scrap material will be hauled to an Albuquerque salvage facility.
The demolition project was a continuation of the large-scale environmental cleanup at TA-21 that began in 2009 and was funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.