Demolition of a Mercury Contaminated Facility

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  URS CH2M Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Chemical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Construction/Project Management, Deactivation and Decommissioning

URS / CH2M Oak Ridge LLC was awarded a contract to perform demolition of the West COLEX process system that was shut down in the 1960s. Only residual amounts of mercury were thought to remain in the facility. That proved not to be the case. Lessons Learned: D&D is a unique subset of construction requiring skill sets and expertise not otherwise needed in other construction fields. When initiating work on a facility with chemicals and configurations that are different from those previously worked around, it is critical to have a full understanding of the challenges and limitations present throughout the whole life cycle of the project.

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