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The Department of Energy’s Environmental Projects Office will take down the water
tower at the west end of Technical Area 21 (TA-21) today beginning at about noon.
The tower to the east is scheduled to come down tomorrow.
The Lakeworth Group LLC of Los Alamos will perform the demolition. Lakeworth is
designated through the U.S. Small Business Administration as an 8(a) and
Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business. The contract is valued at
Demolition of the towers, one of them 66 years old and the other 38 years old, is
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. For safety reasons, spectators are asked to avoid the area
surrounding the site. Canyon Rim trail offers a safe and good view of the event.
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 is a continuation of the large-scale environmental cleanup at
TA-21 that began in 2009 and was funded through the American Reinvestment and