Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant

The look of Hanford's main plutonium finishing plant is changing.

Crews have removed or demolished eight buildings around the plutonium finishing plant.

The buildings once supported operations in the plant that produced nearly two-thirds of the country's plutonium through the late 1980s.

Workers removed buildings to create a large demolition zone around the plant's main buildings.

The zone will allow for the safe staging and operation of heavy equipment during final facility demolition.

Since 2008, the Department of Energy and its contractors have demolished or removed 61 buildings that once supported plutonium finishing plant operations.

The eight buildings removed in the past month housed the plant's administration offices.