Lab wraps up 1st clean-up project

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By Special to the Monitor

The first of four major environmental clean-up projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been completed.

The $13 million project involved demolition of an 18,000-square-foot former nuclear fusion research facility, according to a written statement from LANL.

“It’s good to get this one under our belt,” said Everett Trollinger, the National Nuclear Security Adminstration’s director of Recovery Act cleanup projects at LANL.

Demolition, which included months of work gutting the building and removing asbestos, lead paint, waste pipes and mercury switches, began in May.

As part of the cleanup, a nearly new back-up diesel generator was removed from the building and donated to a nonprofit hospital in North Dakota.

Waste removal was completed by the Los Alamos office of North Wind Inc. and demolition work was performed by Innovative Technical Solutions Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Both companies are small business subcontractors, used a largely local workforce and have won additional contracts at the Lab.

LANL received $212 million in Recovery Act funds in July 2009.  

The money is being used for three demolition projects and for soil remediation and groundwater monitoring wells.

With Recovery Act projects, the Lab has created or saved some 500 full-time jobs, demolished 13 of 24 structures, completed 13 of 16 groundwater monitoring wells and has begun excavation at LANL’s first hazardous waste landfill.